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42-97237

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 24/3/44; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 19/7/44 with Dick Mount, Co-pilot: Bob Stuempfle, Navigator: Bob Rouse, tog-Vernon Rients, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Bond, Radio Operator: Don Elias, Waist gunner: Tony Kurz, Tail gunner: Ed Friederowicz (8 INT); Ball turret gunner: Frank Horetski (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, KO’d #1, with #3 and #4 damaged, force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 7280. ROYAL FLUSH III.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Efrom Adelman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - MOS 1034 | 384th Bomb Group
    After completing his combat tour, Adelman returned to the United States, remaining in the Army. He died in an air accident in Alabama on 31 March 1945. ...

  • Thomas Bond

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Interned (INT). A/C Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Donald Elias

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Interned (INT). A/C Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Edward Fiederowicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Interned (INT). A/C Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44. B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Frank Horetski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). A/C Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44. B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Harland House

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Phillip Bennett crew, 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Kelly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Kurz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Interned (INT). A/C Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Dick Mount

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Interned (INT). Damaged by fighters and landed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Royal Flush III #42-97237

  • Floyd Pederson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Marv Kravet crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 22:19:21 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 19:34:11 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 19:29:02 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of 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 7280 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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