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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Syracuse 14/9/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 546BS/384BG Grafton Underwood [BK-J] 22/9/43; on engine check mission 9/10/43, overshot runway and into a ditch, undercarriage collapsing & blocking nearby road, with John Berbrich (?Willing?), Co-pilot: Francis Nelson, Navigator: Julius Schwartz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gil Jacobs (4 Returned to Duty); enquiry resulted in 100% pilot error; Salvaged 17/10/43.



  • 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • John Berbrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Accident 9 October 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529 BK-E. 4 Returned To Duty. ...

  • Billy Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | aerial gunner/Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born Dec 1920 in KY. Both his parents died before he reached the age of 4. He was raised by his grandparents. He enlisted in the Army (infantry) in the late 1930's and spent time working with the CCC. He worked at the Lake Washington Shipyard ...

  • Gilbert Jacobs

    Military | Engineer, Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Accident Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD

  • Francis Nelson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. ...

  • Julius Schwartz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Accident, Oct. 9, 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529. 4 RTD. 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-5852 'The Natural' ' crashed at Oxfordshire with crew baling out near RAF Oakley. 5 of the crew were injured with all returning.


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
02 January 2018 07:06:17 PaulN Changes to markings

See 384th BG web site

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2018 07:01:20 PaulN Changes to markings

See 384th web site

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

AAIR 43-10-09-503 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database