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43-37822

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-N] Grafton Underwood 29/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with John Buslee, Co-pilot: Dave Albrecht, Navigator: Bill Henson, Bombardier: Bob Stearns, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Len Bryant, Radio Operator: Seb Peluso, Ball turret gunner: George McMann,Tail gunner: Gerald Anderson (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: George Farrar (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ostingersleben, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9753. LEAD BANANA.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...

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Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • David Albrecht

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • Frank Allred

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Lenard Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • John Buslee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • George Farrar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Thrown form A/C unconscious, came...

  • William Henson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Started out as Bombardier for Lt Gerald Sammons crew. Re-trained as Navigator. 28 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming...

  • George McMann

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • Sebastiano Peluso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF on 22 July 1944. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action ...

  • Boyce Shelton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/Nose gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 652

    28 September 1944

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 25 May 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 25-May-44.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, UK 29 June 1944

Assigned 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Ostingersleben, Germany 28 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg 28-Sep-44; flak, crashed Ostingersleben, Ger; 1 x POW, 8 x KIA MACR 9753

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 18:41:03 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38220466

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:14:57 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Image

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:10:57 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Freeman, ...Story
Marchese FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:10:57 phil marchese Changes to person associations
Sources

Freeman, ...Story
Marchese FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2019 21:22:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38220466

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 22:55:38 zacharyalanstewart Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9753 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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