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42-102580

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 3/5/45; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Bill Protz, Ball turret gunner: Frank Bartak, Waist gunner: Alby Reinhardt, Waist gunner: Glenn Cliff, Tail gunner: Jim Appleby (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dick Barnett, Navigator: Alvin Stiegel, Bombardier: Sam Bennett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Morrow, Radio Operator: Wayne Wicks (5 Killed in Action); direct flak hit in radio room, causing fire and explosion, crashed four miles E of Aken, three miles W of Dessau, Ger; MACR 5307.

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

  • James Appleby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. William Protz crew. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. William Protz crew. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, PH

  • Frank Bartak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102580 at Aken. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV from 5/28/44 to 4/29/45. ...

  • Samuel Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. ...

  • Glenn Cliff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-10258. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jim Morrow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: AM, PH

  • William Protz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5307. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Reinhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-10258. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Scharff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: AM(3OLC), PH.

  • Alvin Stiegel

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: PH.

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Missions

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 376

    28 May 1944

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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 16 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 16-Mar-44.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 3 May 1944

Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF 3-May-44.

Crashed Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 direct flak hit in radio room, causing fire and explosion, crashed 4 miles East of Aken, 3 miles West of Dessau 5 x POW, 5 x KIA ; MACR 5307.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 13:33:07 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28635039
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102580&Submit6=Go
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=102580

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 22:03:16 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102580

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 02:58:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the "Description" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 17:45:47 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28635039
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102580&Submit6=Go
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=102580

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 17:44:18 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28635039
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102580&Submit6=Go
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=102580

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5307 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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