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44-6113

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 3 May 1944
Assigned: 7 May 1944 - Douglas Aircraft / Douglas Modification Center # 16 - (Tulsa Municipal)
Assigned: 14 May 1944 / 23 May 1944 - 3rd AF / 36th HQABSQ (Staging Wing) - (Hunter AAF)
Assigned: 24 May 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Dow AAF)
Assigned: 28 May 1944 / 1 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 2 June 1944 - 8th AF / 1st BD / 94th CBW / 401st BG / 613rd BS - (RAF Deenethorpe)
( Triangle-S ) ( IN * R / No 2 Bandwagon )
After 1 August 1944: ( Triangle-S ) Yellow diagonal strip w/ black border on vertical stabilizer ( IN * R / No 2 Bandwagon )
82 Combat missions
Crew bailed out: 5 April 1945 (Fighters / Me262)
With 1st Lt. Thomas N. Geren, Flight engineer: Sgt. David M. Lesher,
The Bandwagon II was attacked by several enemy jet-propelled fighters, damage included all 4 engines, all trim tab cables were severed plus more. Flight engineer was fatally wounded. The plane was forced to leave formation and Lt. Geren maintained full left aileron for over 2 hours until friendly territory (France) was reached. The crew lowered Lesher and bailed seconds before the Bandwagon went into a nose dive and crashed.
1 KIA, 8 RTD
8th AF mission (Ingoldstadt, Germany - Marshalling yards)
Salvaged: 5 April 1945 / 19 May 1945

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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

  • Thurman Geren

    Military | Major | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On a mission over Germany on 5, April 1945, the Bandwagon II was attacked by several enemy jet-propelled fighters, damage included all 4 engines, all trim tab cables were severed plus more. Sgt. David M Lesher was fatally wounded. The plane was...

  • Louis Grate

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (Battle stars).

  • Joseph Lependorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Joseph Lependorf flew 9 missions, from 1 March 1945, mission #219, to 30 March 1945, mission #239, all with Robert de Marco's crew.

  • David Lesher

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    He was killed in action on 5 April 1945 on his 11th mission.

  • Frank Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    From 4 April 1944 to 7 October 1944, he flew 32 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner. On 6 June 1944, D-Day he and his crew flew to Caen, in order to bomb a nearby airfield. However, cloud cover prevented Perez's and 5 other aircraft from dropping their...

  • 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.

  • Irving Woliver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    As Navigator, was on at least 32 missions: #s 57, 58, 59, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 83, 84, 88, 89, 93, 93 (with the 614th), 94, 95, 96, 111, 112, 114, 128, 129, 130, 133, 135, 136 and still checking....

  • Francis Yorio

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

Missions

  • 397

    7 June 1944

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

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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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 23:26:29 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6113

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 12:52:20 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling erros

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 12:50:24 terveurn Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 12:48:41 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 12:46:51 terveurn Changes to description and person associations
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undated biography using information from pilots file

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 12:41:26 terveurn Changes to description
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From aircraft record cards
From 401st BG information

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2019 12:02:40 terveurn Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

updated basic information

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2016 01:43:16 RWOLIVER Changes to nicknames
Sources

401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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