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42-97478

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44.

Detailed Merseburg 11/9/44 with Garrett Filemyr, Co-pilot: Herb Claxton, Navigator: Ed Robinson, ng-David Tutwiler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Shanks, Ball turret gunner: Bill Reynolds, Tail gunner: Malcolm Culver (7 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Jim Parkes, Waist gunner: Tom Campbell (2 POW-bailed out after flak hits between #1 and #2,) but aircraft limped home safely.

Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/12/45.

Shade Ruff #2

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ancil Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 605BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clyde Brobst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Thomas Campbell

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Herbert Claxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • John Coyne

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. John Fondren crew. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Malcolm Culver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Garrett Filemyr crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Irving Falkowitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Garrett Filemyr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Fondren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 342A

    7 May 1944

  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 28 November 1943
Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28, UK 9 January 1944

457th BG

Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby NN17, UK 11 March 1944

401st BG
614th BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2021 21:14:18 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=97478

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 00:38:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:29:51 Shade Ruff Changes to markings
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Updated.

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2019 14:47:36 Shade Ruff Changes to description
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Corrected spelling.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2019 15:52:13 phil marchese Changes to nicknames
Sources

Type in nickname corrected to #2.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 00:54:12 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 14:00:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated people from MACR 8921 - http://www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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