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43-38850

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 28/9/44; Bismark 2/10/44; Grenier 12/10/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-D] Grafton Underwood 8/12/44; Missing in Action Sterkrade, Ger 22/1/45 with Earle Van Popering, Gene Dzjowski (2 Killed in Action); Bill Doheny, Russell Schulz, Dick Pechout, Chas Mathias, Roy Denney (5 Prisoner of War); Jack Ferrell, Albt Maffei (2 evaded capture); flak, crashed Dusseldorf; Missing Air Crew Report 11994.

Service

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

  • Roy Denney

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • William Doheny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • Eugene Dzyjowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Kleve in B-17 #43-38850.

  • Jack Ferrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) crashed near Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • Albert Maffei

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) - crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #43-38850.

  • Charles Mathias

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • Richard Pechout

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

  • Russell Schulz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • Earle Van Popering

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 22 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11994 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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