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Crew Chief Herman Efland stands in front of B-17 42-37816 JD-S, BIG STUPE V, 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • Glen Alfter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 13 April 1944 during Schweinfurt raid in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Wounded along with pilot and navigator before crash landing at Rambucourt, France. Captured and incarcerated at Stalag Luft XVII B. Liberated May 1945. Continued service in...

  • Herman Efland

    Military | Master Sergeant | Maintenance Line Chief
    Line Chief of the 545th Bomb Squadron. Crew Chief on 'Big Stupe'.


  • 42-37816 BIG STUPE V

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Francis (Farris) Heffley, Navigator: Lou Carini, Radio Operator: Bill Shade, Waist gunner: Ralph Gatzman...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 18:10:15 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Annotated copy of this photo with this comment from Glen Alfter: 'Efland. Big Stupe dawn over Schweinfurt with Heffley and Mahe [sp?]. Efland is man in photo - he was lead chief of the 545th Squadron. I made above, penciled note during war.

Sent through to the museum by Glen Alfter's son, Colonel Frank Alfter, USAF (Ret).

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 18:52:14 Lucy May Changes to caption

Added detail about the Crew Chief to the caption after correspondence with Glen Alfter's son, Colonel Frank Alfter, USAF (Ret).

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 01:15:48 bombercommand Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations