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44-6145

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 12/5/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-S] Deenethorpe 12/6/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Harry Silverstein, Larry Crickenberger, Carl Landwehr, Glenn Dotson, Don Gravel, Don Bergstrom, George Dias, Francis Meyers (8 Killed in Action); John Farquhar (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Kienwerder, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9756. COVER GIRL.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Bergstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Kienwerder in B-17 'Cover Girl' 44-6145.

  • Lawrence Crickenberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Kienwerder in B-17 'Cover Girl' #446145

  • George Dias

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Kienwerder in B-17 'Cover Girl' #446145

  • Glenn Dotson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Farquhar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Kienwerder on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Cover Girl' #44-6145, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Donald Gravel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Kienwerder in B-17 'Cover Girl' #446145

  • Carl Landwehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Gunner, Enlisted | 401st Bomb Group

  • Francis Meyers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Kienwerder in B-17 'Cover Girl' 44-6145. Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Quigley

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

  • Herbert Shanks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 44 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Missions

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

  • 514

    4 August 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) Police, Poland 7 October 1944

Politz, Germany during the war.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2021 02:43:18 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6145

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2019 04:09:40 Superman Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 9756

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2019 04:04:42 Superman Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

401st Bomb Group website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9756 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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