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42-97178

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 15/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-N] Grafton Underwood 16/3/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 19/7/44 with Gerald Heim, Co-pilot: Franklin Mueller, Navigator: Fred Pratt, Bombardier: Larry Warren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Morris, Ball turret gunner: Buford Butcher,Tail gunner: Martin Seibert (7 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Bob Harbrecht, Waist gunner: Henry Bailey (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set #1 on fire, aircraft exploded, crashed bank of Isar River near Wolfratshausen, SW of Munich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7279. SWEET MAMA.

Service

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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching on 7/19/44 in B-17 #42-97178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Buford Butcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 #4297178

  • Robert Harbrecht

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297178 POW

  • Gerald Heim

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 #4297178

  • Martin Kranick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Phil MacPhail crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Morris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 #4297178

  • Franklyn Mueller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed in B-17 42-97178 (Sweet Mama). The wreckage was found on the banks of the Isar River near Wolfratshausen, Bad-Tolz Wolfratshausen, Bavaria, Germany, about 15 miles southwest of Munich. The 384th...

  • Frederick Pratt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 42-97178

  • Martin Seibert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 #4297178

  • Lawrence Warren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Perching in B-17 #4297178

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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 18:41:27 millebr Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Fold3.com; Sortie Report (Sortie # 5022); AAM

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7279 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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