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42-31077

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 615BS [IY-A]; Missing in Action Munster 30/9/44 with Tom Davis, Co-pilot: Alan Newcomb, Navigator: Herb Corwin, Bombardier: Henry Kaczorowski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace Littrell, Radio Operator: Max Stedman, Ball turret gunner: Pete Kervan, Waist gunner: Jack Djmal,Tail gunner: Don Cloutier (9 Prisoner of War); flak set #1 afire, but escorted by five P-51s, crashed Burgsteinfurt, NW of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9416. PAKAWALUP II.

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
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Brennan

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

  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • Donald Cloutier

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Burgsteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II'#4231077. T/O from Deenethorpe, target Munster; hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of...

  • Herbert Corwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Bursteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II' #4231077. Target Munster, hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of nine, all Prisoner of...

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Bursteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II' #4231077. Target Munster, hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of nine, all Prisoner of...

  • Jack Djmal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Burgsteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II'#4231077. T/O from Deenethorpe, target Munster; hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of...

  • Bernard Hirsch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Henry Kaczorowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Burgsteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II'#4231077. T/O from Deenethorpe, target Munster; hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of...

  • Peter Keryran

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). T/O from Deenethorpe in B-17G #42-31077, 'Pakawalup II,' target Munster; hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crashed near Burgsteinfurt on 9/30/44. Crew...

  • Wallace Littrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Bursteinfurt on 9/30/44 in B-17 'Pakawalup II' #4231077. Target Munster, hit by flak setting no. 1 engine on fire. Last seen at 1400hrs near Dutch-German border escorted by five P-51s. Crew of nine, all Prisoner of...

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Missions

  • 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 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 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 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 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 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 16 September 1943
Shot Down Burgsteinfurt, 48565 Steinfurt, Germany 30 September 1944

Tom Davis Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2021 23:06:04 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31077

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 22:06:04 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 04:33:47 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

401BG ASSOCIATION

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9416 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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