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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 21/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-T] Grafton Underwood 17/7/44.

To Istres, France but en route crash landed with Bob Sheahan on Guernsey, Channel Is, 11/6/45. Returning to Grafton Underwood from Istres, bad weather over England and poor navigation forced pilot to attempt a landing on Guernsey Island. Pilot ground-looped aircraft to prevent running off the end of the runway. There were no personnel injuries.

Salvaged 12/6/45.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • Lorenzo Abrusci

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 24 July 1944, Richard G. Wismer Crew. 33 combat missions.

  • Henry Amorati

    Military | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Richard Becerra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Cogan

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Darwin Kelley

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Leibel

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Gordon Leroy

    Military | Passenger | 384th Bomb Group

  • David Lewis

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944


  • 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...

  • Istres

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 10:02:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 09:44:47 jgsmit4 Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources - grandson to Richard Glen Wismer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest

AAIR 45-06-11-526 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database