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43-37818

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter 5/6/44; Dow Fd 17/6/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-J] Rattlesden 28/6/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen (1st mission) 26/9/44 with Pilot 1st Lt. Robert C. Calef, Bombardier: 1st Lt. Donald N. Fehrenbach, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: TSgt. Galen E. Miller Jr., Radio Operator: TSgt. Paul R. Krubel, Ball turret gunner: SSgt. Frank J. Martin, Waist gunner: SSgt. John Karbowsky, Tail gunner: SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak, Navigator: 1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit over Bremenhaven, exploded in mid-air wreckage down in North Sea off Dorum, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 9401. "HURRY HOME".

"Hurry Home" crew memorial:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=652971

Service

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Calef

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert C. Calef Jr serial number O-821216 was killed in action near Bremerhaven, Germany, September 26, 1944. ...

  • George Dvorak

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, on 9/26/44 in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Fehrenbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Bremerhaven in B-17 'Hurry Home' #43-37818, September 26, 1944, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Ripley Gage

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ripley Worthington Gage was the first pilot of the B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. He completed his 35th and final mission with the Hurry Home on the mission prior to it being shot down over Bremerhaven, Germany, September 26, 1944. ...

  • John Karbowsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. ...

  • Paul Krubel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Frank Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Galen Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Galen E. Miller Jr was killed in action September 26, 1944. He was a crew member of the B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818. ...

  • Roman Pajakowski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on 26-Sep-44, at 16:10 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away. ...

  • Wayne Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #43-37818 during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

Missions

  • 648

    26 September 1944

Places

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Bremerhaven, Germany 26 September 1944

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2020 18:36:28 jmoore43 Changes to media associations
Sources

Removed media association to a crew members ID card.

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2020 18:31:16 jmoore43 Changes to media associations
Sources

Removed media association to to a crew members ID card.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 04:20:43 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2015 05:29:47 Paul5 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 9401

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9401 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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