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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

  • Cecil Adkisson

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

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Glenn Amundson

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

  • John Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Lowell Ankrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Frank Arndt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Atkinson

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

  • Merlin Austin

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group

  • 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...

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Missions

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 8th Air Force 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 504

    29 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.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

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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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 23:31:35 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 20:52:20 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 19:25:31 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

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

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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