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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/4/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-Q] Grafton Underwood 8/6/44; battle damaged Merseburg 12/12/44 with ?; crash landed continent; Sal; Missing Air Crew Report 11340. GREMLINS HOTEL aka QUEENIE.



  • 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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • Carl Goetz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) on 12/12/44 mission to Merseburg shot down Hale was pilot, B-17 was 'Queenie'

  • Charles Griffin

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Captain Charles E Griffin Jr, Portland ME, 384th Bomb Group, 546th Squadron, Bombardier; ...

  • Kenneth Hale

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 after 3 propellers quit and losing altitude at 200 ft per minute. Mission to Moosberg on 12 December 1944/released May 1945/ Prisoner of War (POW) He completed 32 combat missions. Plane was B-17 #42-102993 BK-Q, "QUEENIE". MACR 11340...

  • Richard Musgrave

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) on 12/12/44 mission to Merseburg shot down Hale was pilot, B-17 was 'Queenie'

  • Robert Stafford

    Military | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group

  • Robert Strand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    June 20, 1944, while wounded and pilot killed, took control of a/c and flew it home. AC had been in lead position so other ac followed . Friend remembers plane name as 'Eighth and Aces' Mission was 141 to oil depot at Hamburg, Germany in ac 42-102933,...

  • Edward Thoma

    Military | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Arrived in England Feb 26, 1944. 20 combat missions in B-17. Assigned Aircraft 'Aces & Ates!' #42-97273. Killed in Action (KIA) while serving as lead aircraft in 'Queenie' #42-102933 of group over Hamburg, Germany on Mission # 141. Hit by a piece of...


  • 748

    12 December 1944


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 12 December 1944


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 22:58:05 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11340 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database