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43-38159

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/7/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 11/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Herb Oas (Prisoner of War); Tom Hayes, Bill Green, Bill Mencow, Byron Cook, Bill Brereton, Theo Monarky, John Dunn, John Readon (8 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg; Missing Air Crew Report 10159. WOLF PACK.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leroy Adams

    Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Russell Albert

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

  • William Ameen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Brereton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' 43-38159

  • Byron Cook

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' #43-38159.

  • John Dunn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    KIA near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' #43-38159.

  • William Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' #43-38159.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' #43-38159.

  • William Mencow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' #43-38159.

  • Theodore Monarcky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Merseburg in B-17 'Wolfpack' 43-38159 Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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Missions

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 552

    14 August 1944

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 572

    25 August 1944

  • 584

    27 August 1944

  • 590

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord. ...

  • 602

    3 September 1944

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 619

    10 September 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 01:59:14 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=38159

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:42:36 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10159 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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