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43-38187

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/44; Kearney 14/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-C] Deenethorpe 27/8/44. Hit by Flak. Missing in Action on the 16 February 1945 mission to the Minster-Stein coke oven plant, in the Dortmund area. Pilot Jeff N. Donaldson; Co-Pilot Charles R. Wilson; Navigator William W. Jeffers; Bombardier Richard L. Summers; Top Turret Gunner William O. Streuter; Radio Operator Gerald S. Harsky; Ball Turret Gunner Adelbert D. Shereck; Right Waist Gunner Michael Gagich; Tail Gunner Jack M. Harrington (all 9 made Prisoners of War). Crashed Ijmuiden, Holland, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report : MACR 12246. CARRIE B II.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jeff Donalson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Michael Gagich

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Jack Harrington

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16-Febr-45 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in the...

  • Gerald Harvey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Jeffers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Harold Quist

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Sgt. Harold Quist flew 37 missions, from 08/03/1944, mission #121, to 12/28/1944, mission #185. He served as a Tail Gunner and Waist Gunner.

  • Adelbert Shereck

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Streuter

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Richard Summers

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

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Missions

  • 590

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord. ...

  • 602

    3 September 1944

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 619

    10 September 1944

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 628

    13 September 1944

  • 637

    17 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 645

    22 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) IJmuiden, Holland, The Netherlands 16 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 20:26:57 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=38187

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 09:36:52 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 12246
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12446 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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