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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/44; Kearney 5/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 23/5/44; 614BS [IW-Y], 615BS [IY-L]; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Melvin Fish, Navigator: Gene Cramer, Bombardier: Ken Lucas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Smith, Radio Operator: Melvin Warren, Waist gunner: John Hanchak (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Leslie Hauss, Ball turret gunner: Bill Cook,Tail gunner: Jim Huff (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #4, crashed Klein-Thondorf, NE of Uelzen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8204. JILL’S JALOPY.



  • 42-107043 Fitch's Bandwagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] 21 combat missions; Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Taxi accident while waiting to take-off for Equihen, France 2/6/44 with Larry Fitchett, Co-pilot: Bruce Campbell, Navigator: Lawrence Pfeiffer,...

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  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • William Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    William was my brother Calvin Cook Bentonville AR used to live in Okla William body was moved back to Sayre, Okla in March 1949

  • Eugene Cramer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Melvin Fish

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Hanchak

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Leslie Hauss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • James Huff

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Lucas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Lee Sherman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Arthur Jetter crew member. Flew 35 x missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars).

  • Warren Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Melvin Warren

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

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  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 469

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

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 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

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 20:32:53 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8204 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database