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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Dallas 17/6/44; Langley 8/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Z] Grafton Underwood 5/9/44; crash landed UK, 20/10/44, Sal; repaired transferred 379BG Kimbolton 4/1/45; dec with w 5/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/1/46.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • Earl Frerichs

    Military | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Hicks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, as crew pilot. 35 combat missions.

  • Edwin Katz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.

  • John McNamara

    Military | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Dan Miller

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Richard Scheanwald

    Military | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Perry Townsend

    Military | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Weeks

    Military | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group


  • 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...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


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Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 18:50:19 bombercommand Changes to markings, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:55 AAM AAM ingest

AAIR 44-10-19-526 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database