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42-31034

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike Lefkin (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Doug McKinnon, Navigator: Lloyd Nutter, Bombardier: Tom Montgomery, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Russell, Radio Operator: Bob Andrus, Ball turret gunner: John Womble, Waist gunner: Alf Morini (7 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Krensitz, nine miles NE of Leipzig, Ger; MACR 5309. BONNIE DONNIE.

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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Don Anderson

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

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bingham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD ...

  • Donald Currie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 38 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Cosmo DiPierro

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Earl Gibson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ditched into the channel and was rescued. RTD. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict.

  • Cecil Graf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Donald McCree and Donald Currie crews. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Morey Jeffery

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Clayton Johnston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Donald Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

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Missions

  • 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered DFW International Airport (DFW), 2400 Aviation Drive North, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA 8 September 1943

Delivered Dallas AAF 8-Sep-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 8 November 1943

Assigned 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF 8-Nov-43.

Crashed Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 4 March 1944

Belly Landing Deenethorpe/Sta 128 Cat 4 damage Lt Donald A Currie, 4-Mar-44.

B-17G 42-31034 - 612BS 401BG 8AF

Crashed Krensitz, 04509 Krostitz, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne 28/5/44 flak, crashed Krensitz, nine miles NE of Leipzig; 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 5309.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 15:29:35 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

Removed doc mages without details

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2021 22:00:23 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31034

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 05:19:12 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 09:28:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-31034&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28635565
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31034&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 22:24:08 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5309 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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