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42-97449

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 18/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 19/7/44 with Jim Bodker, Co-pilot: George Brandon*, Navigator: Albt Steindam, tog-Carlyle Telford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cyrus Gullekson, Radio Operator: Max Hostetler*, Ball turret gunner: Henry Chandler, Waist gunner: Joda Evans*,Tail gunner: Warren Robinson (9POW-*all wia); enemy aircraft, force landed Mils Inntal, Austria, 42 SW of Innsbruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7261. CHALLENGER aka SWEETHEART.

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

  • John Asher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

  • James Bodker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297449 POW

  • George Brandon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297449 POW

  • Henry Chandler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297449 POW

  • Kendall Daskey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joda Evans

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #42-97449, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cyrus Gullekson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297449 POW

  • Max Hostetler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mils Inntal on 7/19/44 in B-17 #4297449 POW

  • 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.

  • Francis Lenich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Kendall Daskey crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLM), Defense, WWII Victory, GC, EAME (Battle Star).

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7261 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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