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B-17G-5-BO "Fancy Nancy II" of the 612th BS, 401st BG lies in a field near Kimbolton awaiting salvage on 5 January 1944 after being damaged on the 31 Dec 43 mission to Cognac and running out of fuel before reaching Deenethorpe. Capt. Scribner C. Dailey directed his crew to bail out as they were over England; it is not known whether the B-17 "landed itself" or if Capt. Dailey executed a forced landing after the exit of his crew.

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Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD. ...

  • Scribner Dailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • William Flynn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD. Amongst his missions had several close calls. ...

  • Charles Hagen

    Military | First Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat mission. ETD Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Hildreth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Bremen 26-Nov-43; mid-air, damaged landed at RAF Detling, UK. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wayman Hutson

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • John Malone

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Charles Sanders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Credited with 1 x Fw190. ETD ...

  • Alexander Stokes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31198 Fancy Nancy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/9/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Memphis 6/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 24/12/43; battle damaged Bordeaux 31/12/43, with Scribner Dailey, rest unknown (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Kimbolton; Salvaged 4/1/44. FANCY...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2016 14:38:32 lritger Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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