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41-24525

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-O] Presque Is 22/9/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/9/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-Y] Grafton Underwood 14/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Walter Ernest Garner, Co-pilot: Philip Bern, Bombardier: James Daigle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russell Hawk, Radio Operator: William Edmiston, Ball turret gunner: Edward Rardon, Waist gunner: Charles Hays,Tail gunner: Jack Anderson (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Guy Canale, Waist gunner: Charles Hannah (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Port-le-Grand, four miles NW of Abbeville, France. Missing Air Crew Report 1608. WHAT'S COOKING DOC?

Service

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Jack Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?' Evaded (EVD). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR.

  • Philip Bern

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?'Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. Stalag Luft I. PH/ POW

  • Guy Canale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?' Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. PH

  • James Daigle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 '"What's Cooking Doc?" Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. POW

  • William Edmiston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #41-24525 'What's Cooking Doc?' Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, France. Missing Air Crew Report #1608 POW

  • Walter Garner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'WHAT'S COOKIN' DOC?' Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, France. Missing Air Crew Report 1608 POW

  • Charles Hannah

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?' Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR.

  • Elmer Hawk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?' Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. POW

  • Charles Hays

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 'What; s Cooking Doc?' Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. POW

  • Edward Rardon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-24525 "What's Cooking Doc?", Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Port-le-Grand, FR. POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

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Places

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 14 October 1943

384BG
547BS

Shot Down Port-le-Grand, France 7 January 1944

Failed to Return
Comments: Left formation after bombing target. Most of crew bailed out near Abbeville, France; aircraft crashed near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France; MACR 1608.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 00:40:36 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2020 02:44:15 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=1354

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 02:20:31 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 02:00:15 bombercommand Changes to nicknames
Sources

384THBOMBGROUP.COM

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 01:59:24 bombercommand Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup
Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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