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42-97380

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-R] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; mission to French bridges 8/7/44 with Curtis Lovelace, Co-pilot: Bob Hart, Navigator: Bob Uhl, Bombardier: Alton Andrews, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Rees, Radio Operator: Cliff Weatherwax, Ball turret gunner: Gerard Antaillia, Waist gunner: Phil Fritsch, Tail gunner: Sam Miller (9 Returned to Duty); forced to bail out over Essex on return and crash landed Chelsworth, Suffolk; 8/7/44, Salvaged 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alton Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102599 POW

  • Gerard Antaillia

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak on 16 July 1944 on Munich Germany mission in B-17 #42102599

  • Philip Fritsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Wounded in action on 8 July 1944 at English Beach

  • Robert Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102599

  • Curtis Lovelace

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    KIA Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen in B-17 #42102599 ...

  • Samuel Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102599 POW

  • Robert Rees

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102599

  • Robert Uhl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102599

  • Clifford Weatherwax

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Cifford Weatherwax was shot down by flak over Munich and crashed at Achen Kirchen on 7/16/44 in B-17; the Pilot and Ball Gunner were not heard from and are assumed dead. POW for approximately 1 year at Camp Stalag Luft IV, Tychowo, Poland.

Places

  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Chelsworth, Ipswich IP7 7HU, UK 8 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2018 11:47:17 Lucy May Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from Dave Osborne's 'Fortlog' that had previously been part of B-17 42-97880's biography by mistake.

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2017 09:38:44 john4297380 Changes to production block number
Sources

John Woodgate of Long Melford in Suffolk, England

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2017 09:34:40 john4297380 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

John Woodgate of Long Melford in Suffolk, England

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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