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14 August 1944, Stuttgart/Echterdinge (Airfield)

Back L-R: TSgt. Clarence Flory (RO), unidentified 1, unidentified 2, Lt. William Fairfield (P)

Middle L-R: SSgt. Joseph Needle (FG), Lt. Ralph Wiley (B), Lt. Richard Rafeld (OBS/TG), Maj. Gerald Sammons (AC/CP)

Front Row: Lt. Alexander McNair (N)

To Be Identified: TSgt. Vincent Larkin (TT), SSgt. Leo Bray (BT)

Aircraft: B-17G 544th BS 42-102661 SU*L Big Dog

Source: The Quentin Bland Collection.

Connections

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leo Bray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, William A. Fairfield Crew, 32 combat missions.

  • William Fairfield

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, as crew pilot, 30 combat missions.

  • Clarence Flory

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, William A. Fairfield Crew, 28 combat missions.

  • Vincent Larkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret gunner, Flexible Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, William A. Fairfield Crew, 32 combat missions.

  • Alexander McNair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, William A. Fairfield Jr. Crew, 30 combat missions.

  • Joseph Needle

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated 6 May 1944, William A. Fairfield Crew, 25 combat missions.

  • Richard Rafeld

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #119 dated 22 June 1944, Joseph Patella Crew, 30 combat missions.

  • Gerald Sammons

    Military | Major | Commanding Officer

  • Ralph Wiley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier

Aircraft

  • 42-102661 Big Dog

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-L] Grafton Underwood 1/5/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties; Salvaged 9AF Germany 29/12/45. BIG DOG.

Missions

  • 552

    14 August 1944

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 20:42:29 bombercommand Changes to collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 03:35:36 Shazbott1540 Created entry with aircraft associations
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