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42-97387

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (81m). About an hour after bombs away, B-17 #42-97387 was observed to be involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38697 (of 603rd BS) on the 3 February 1945 mission to Berlin. Missing in Action with Pilot John R. McCormick, Bombardier/Togglier: William G. Logan (2 Prisoners of War-Logan later killed by friendly fire on a forced march), Co-pilot: William Feinstein, Navigator: Ray R. Woltman, Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Marvin L. Gooden, Radio Operator: Joseph F. Stritch, Ball turret gunner: Reynaldo Gracia, Right Waist gunner: William F. Garner, Tail gunner: Jack B. Withrow (7 Killed in Action). Both ships crashed near Lehmke, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report for 97387 = MACR 12214. MAUDE AN' MARIA.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38697

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Patterson 5/9/44; Hunter 19/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-M] Nuthampstead 4/11/44; (23m). Missing in Action on the Berlin mission 3 February 1945 with Pilot Perry E. Powell, Co-pilot: Samuel T. Walker Jr, Navigator: Bruce E....

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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...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herbert Bugbee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Chorba

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42-102543, Prisoner of War (POW). Air medal

  • Arthur Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • William Feinstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) near Kahlstorf, Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Reynaldo Garcia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • Marvin Gooden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • Donald Grinter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed upon takeoff on December 24, 1944

  • John Hancock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 603BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Perry Powell crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hancock

    Military | First Lieutenant | 398th Bomb Group
    Air medal

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Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Places

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 27 February 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 27-Feb-44.

Assigned Nuthampstead, UK 28 April 1944

Assigned 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Lehmke, Germany 3 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR). Mid-Air Collision with B-17 #43-38697

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 09:58:48 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46713496

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2020 10:17:32 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 12214
German report KU-3652 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147913838 (NARA)

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2020 10:42:12 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 12214

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2019 11:44:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46713496

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12214 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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