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43-37790

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 10/7/44; battle damaged 28/3/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium, 9RTD; Salvaged. LADY LUCK.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Brand

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    2nd Lt George C Brand flew 34 missions with the 401st Bomb Group, from 6 July 1944, mission to 30 October 1944. Brand was French, but enlisted in the US Army Air Forces,

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Clarence Condit

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of 2nd Lt. J.J. Kamper's crew. Flew 7 missions between 28 March and 17 April 1945. Later Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force. Air Medal. "On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately...

  • Harris Griffiths

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Pearl Harbor Veteran, Hickam Fld. Wounded by flak on a mission to Liepzig on 20 Jul 1944. B-17G #43-37790 'Lady Luck'. PH

  • Joseph Hembling

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Robert Kamper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Walter Kenter

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Theodore Kibiuk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Joseph Lependorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Joseph Lependorf flew 9 missions, from 1 March 1945, mission #219, to 30 March 1945, mission #239, all with Robert de Marco's crew.

  • Frank McCue

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

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Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered 21 May 1944
Assigned 10 July 1944
Lost 28 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 05:31:00 jmchristel Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=37790

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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