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42-107084

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Politz, Poland 7/10/44 with Alex Harasym, Clarry Barsuk, Glen Topic, Jarvis Friduss, Emanuel Saylor, John Bailey, George Capps (7 Prisoner of War); Albt Parker, John Marshall (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Neuendorf, Poland; Missing Air Crew Report 9760. BETTY'S REVENGE.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-107084 'Betty's Revenge'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Politz, Poland 7/10/44 with Alex Harasym, Clarry Barsuk, Glen Topic, Jarvis Friduss, Emanuel Saylor, John Bailey, George Capps ...

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

  • Don Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Politz on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge' 42-107084. Prisoner of War.

  • Clarence Barsuk

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Evaded. Shot down on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge 42-107084, crashed at Politz and became Prisoner of War (POW)

  • George Capps

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 4, Crashed at Politz on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge' #42-107084 Died: 1995

  • Herbert Claxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • Garrett Filemyr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jarvis Friduss

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Politz on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge' #42107084 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Alexander Harasym

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Politz on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge' 42-107084

  • David Jehnzen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Garrett Filemyr crew. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • John Marshall

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Politz in B-17 'Bettys Revenge' #42107084

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Missions

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 338

    4 May 1944

  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 347

    9 May 1944

  • 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.

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 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.

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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) Neuendorf, Poland 7 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 01:56:28 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=107084

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 07:38:43 terveurn Changes to description and aircraft associations
Sources

from USAAF records

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 07:35:54 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from Luftwaffe records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9760 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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