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42-5852

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 22/3/43; Sioux City 15/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 20/5/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-T] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43; battle damaged Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Edmund Goulder, Co-pilot: Ernie Boyce (546bs), Navigator: Julius Schwartz (546bs), Bombardier: Mike Vodilko, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Thomassen, Radio Operator: Bill Sears, Ball turret gunner: Claude Leslie, Waist gunner: Stan Wilson, Waist gunner: Paul Saunders,Tail gunner: Francis Seager, (10 Returned to Duty); crew bailed over RAF Oakley, enemy aircraft crashed Chetwode, Oxon, demolishing two cottages, and injuring a civilian, Mr Tew; Salvaged MRU 15/10/43. THE NATURAL.

Service

People

  • Joseph Baggs

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew with the 384th BG from March '43 to November '44. He was recalled into service during the Korean War and reached the rank of Lt. Col. Flew 28 missions. ...

  • Ernest Boyce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 42-30033 'Little America. ' Prisoner of War. ...

  • Claude Leslie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4230033 'Little America. ' Evaded. 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning.

  • Julius Schwartz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Accident, Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD. 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning.

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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