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42-31098

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/32; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 30/10/43;

Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Dick Kaufman, Bombardier: Bob Fitzgerald (2 Returned to Duty), Co-pilot: Fred Robinson (washed up Oosterbierum, Hol. 9/3/44), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Shaw (washed up Terschelling Is. 22/6/44), Ball turret gunner: Forrest Cope, Waist gunner: Tage Nielsen, Waist gunner: Henry Bargfrede (washed up 14/6/44), Tail gunner: Ed Masterman (6 Killed in Action), Navigator: John Barrett, Radio Operator: Don Carlson (2 POW - picked up by life-boat Twente from Harlingen).

Sustained battle damage and three bailed, thinking ship doomed, but pilot & bombardier brought ship back to RAF Lindholme, Yorks. Missing Air Crew Report 8711.

Take-off as spare for mission 26/3/44 with Carleton Wilson, Co-pilot: Curtis Kelley, Navigator: John Connery, Bombardier: Francis Fogarty, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Quinn, Radio Operator: Carl Anderson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Passeno, Waist gunner: Jim McMahon, Waist gunner: George Smith,Tail gunner: Gerald Smith (10 Returned to Duty); turned back over Channel, then burst a tyre on landing. PENNY'S THUNDERHEAD.

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

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. ...

  • Henry Bargfrede

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Henry Bargfrede was tail gunner on B-17 which was set on fire by enemy anti-aircraft on its return from Emden, Germany on 11 December 1943. Eight men parachuted from the aircraft including Bargfrede. ...

  • John Barrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) 11 December 1943 B17 42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' was hit by flak over the target and attacked by fighters. 4 crew bailed out over Holland and 3 near Frisian Isles thinking the aircraft was doomed. The Kaufmann and Bombardier...

  • Donald Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • John Connery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Forrest Cope

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Sergeant Cope was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 which was set on fire by enemy anti-aircraft on its return from Emden, Germany on 11 December 1943. Eight men parachuted from the aircraft. Two became Prisoner of War (POW), three bodies were washed ashore...

  • Robert Fitzgerald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    11 December 1943 B17#42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' was hit by flak over the target and attacked by fighters. 4 crew bailed out over Holland and 3 near Frisian Isles thinking the aircraft was doomed. The Kaufmann and Bombardier Fitzgerald stayed with...

  • Francis Fogarty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Kaufman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Richard Kaufman served as a pilot with the 401st Bomb Group out of Deenthorpe, England. He flew 31 missions from 12/01/1943, mission #2, to 07/08/1944, mission #106. ...

  • Curtis Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • 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 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)...

  • 8th Air Force 255

    11 March 1944
    This mission is compsed of two separate elements. The first element is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany as the primary target. The attack is made by B-17s from 1st Air Division. 3rd Air Division also sends B-17s to...

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

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
Crashed HMP Lindhome, Bawtry Road, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6EE, UK 11 December 1943

Then RAF Lindholme

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 22:33:24 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31098

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 22:32:01 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31098

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 11:40:23 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen's records from information in biography field.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8711 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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