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42-97273

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Dalhart 1/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 9/4/44; detailed Leipzig 7/7/44 with Nick Pranger, Co-pilot: Kenneth Vaden, Navigator: Edward Cheresnik, Bombardier: Charles Wolf, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cameron Brooker, Radio Operator: Ralph Meyer, Ball turret gunner: Earle Browne, Waist gunner: John Sullivan (8 Returned to Duty),Tail gunner: Hugh Kidwell (Prisoner of War); subject to violent propwash over Holland, tail gunner thought ship was doomed, bailed out and was captured near Meppel;
Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with James Edward Roseborough, Co-pilot: Vincent DePaul Matlack Jr., Radio Operator: Howard Emerson Ford, Waist gunner: Victor Douglas Brecht (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Seymour Gerald Saslow, Bombardier: John Joseph Fletcher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lee Roy Bedsted, Ball turret gunner: Melvin Henry Gerhold, Tail gunner: Louis Edward Raines (5 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 after bombs away, the aircraft spun down slowly and crashed near Munich; Missing Air Crew Report 7568. Aces & ATES!

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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Beckham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Lee Bedsted

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Munich on 7/12/44 in B-17 #4297273 POW

  • Victor Brecht

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Munich on B-17 #42-97273. Missing Air Crew Report #7568

  • Cameron Brooker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed on 7 July 44 in B-17 297273

  • Erle Browne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed on 7 July 44 in B-17 297273

  • Edward Bullitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • William Chapmon

    Military | Master Sergeant | Belly gunner on B-17 | 384th Bomb Group
    William Chapmon,Sr served in WWII And was Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 (Grafton Underwood, England). He served as a belly gunner on the B-17g Flying Fortress. He was credited with 31 Combat Missions, before returning back to th...

  • Edward Cheresnik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' #42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Edwin Dexter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Richard Eide

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 10 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

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Missions

  • 468

    12 July 1944

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) Hollland 7 July 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2020 17:16:48 ghichens Changes to markings
Sources

Greg Hichens

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 17:53:37 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 18:46:26 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 18:38:11 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, place associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7454 / MACR 7568 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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