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42-97228

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 988BG Nuthampstead 16/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-G] Grafton Underwood 31/3/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with George Poole, Co-pilot: Bob Butler, Bombardier: Des Dillingham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Mazzaccaro, Radio Operator: Bill Marshall, Ball turret gunner: Herman Hoskins, Waist gunner: Cleo Martino, Waist gunner: Bill Brennan, Tail gunner: Ed Holland (9 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Morris Kantor (KIA - killed during fighter attack); enemy aircraft, crashed Messbach, near Billings, 11 miles SE of Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3871. G.I. JIVE.

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228. Prisoner of War (POW). Was on Schwienfurt raid and was Prisoner of War (POW) for 17 months at Stalag 17B, near Krems, Austria. POW

  • Robert Butler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    On December 13, 1943, 'Nora' A/C #42-29529 was damaged by flak and crashed upon landing. 10 RTD. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Desmond Dillingham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cleo Hartline

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-97228. Prisoner of War.

  • Edward Holland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Hoskins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on December 13, 1943, 'Nora' A/C #42-29529 was damaged by flak and crashed upon landing. 10 RTD.

  • Morris Kantor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Marshall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Augustine Mazzaccaro

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228, Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on December 13, 1943, 'Nora 2' A/C #42-29529 was damaged by flak and crashed upon landing. 10 RTD. POW

  • George Poole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97228. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on December 13, 1943, 'Nora' A/C #42-29529 was damaged by flak and crashed upon landing. 10 RTD. POW

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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 20:01:13 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3871 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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