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42-31036

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 7/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 25/10/43, 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Frank Zitkovic, Co-pilot: Bascom Clifton, Navigator: Wayne Goodwin, Bombardier: John Wenger, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sanford Davidson, Radio Operator: Joe Dippel, Ball turret gunner: Chas Howard, Waist gunner: Ray Fritelager, Waist gunner: Jim Nichols,Tail gunner: Max Slotnik (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed North Sea/Channel, no trace; Missing Air Crew Report 2285. NOBODY'S BABY.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Damaged

  • Bascom Clifton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on return from mission to Frankfurt and probably crashed in the North Sea or Channel on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31036 'Nobody's Baby. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Sanford Davidson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Joseph Dippel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Raymond Fritelager

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Wayne Goodwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Charles Howard

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on return from mission to Frankfurt and probably crashed in the North Sea or Channel on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31036 'Nobody's Baby. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • James Nichols

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Max Slotnick

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on return from mission to Frankfurt and probably crashed in the North Sea or Channel on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31036 'Nobody's Baby. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • John Wenger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group

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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)...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 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 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

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...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2021 22:07:50 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31036

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2285 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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