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B-17 Flying Fortresses, including (JD-Q) of the 384th Bomb Group fly in formation with two B-24 Liberators during a mission. Official caption on image: "9. 51911 A.[C.]" Printed caption on reverse: '51911 AC - Release line for 2,000 lb. H.E. glide bombs is approximately 20 miles from target. U.S. Air Force Photo.' 28 May 1944, "Grapefruit Mission" B-17G 42-97523, JD-Q and B-17F 42-3441, JD-E, "PATCHES II" aka "SPOTTED COW" The two objects identified as B-24 Liberators are not B-24s. They appear to be two glide bombs. The "Grapefruit" Mission For the second mission of the day - identified as "Grapefruit Mission" in Group records - the 384th Bombardment Group (H) formed the high group of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing. This was an experimental attack using first-generation glide bombs. The primary target is identified as "Railroad Marshalling Yards" or "Industrial Center of City" in various Group documents. A great deal of practice and experimentation was involved in preparing crews and equipment for this mission. Results were inconclusive; however, it should be noted that the 384th did not repeat an attack of this type again.

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B-17 Flying Fortresses, including (JD-Q) of the 384th Bomb Group fly in formation with two B-24 Liberators during a mission. Official caption on image: "9. 51911 A.[C.]" Printed caption on reverse: '51911 AC - Release line for 2,000 lb. H.E. glide bombs is approximately 20 miles from target. U.S. Air Force Photo.'

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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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3441 PATCHES II aka THE SPOTTED COW

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Denver 14/6/43; Kearney 19/7/43; Assigned to the 547th BS, squadron code SO-E, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood, UK on 9/8/43; when war weary the ship was used as an assembly ship, painted white with sky blue polka dots; Returned...

  • 42-97573

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Dalhart 24/1/44; Kearney 23/2/44; Omaha 2/3/44; Patterson 12/3/44; Grenier 14/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-Q] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; Missing in Action Krzesinski 29/5/44 with Mark Moore Jr, Co-pilot: Clifford Cicero...

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 05:41:33 bombercommand Changes to caption
Sources

384thbombgroup.com
http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thMission.php?Missio...

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 04:33:09 bombercommand Changes to caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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