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42-31116

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Bowman 28/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with John Singleton, Co-pilot: Clarry Barsuk, Navigator: Jim Levey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Muse,Tail gunner: Harry Blair (5 evaded capture – all back in UK by 31/8/44); Bombardier: Glen Arndt, Radio Operator: Joe Vistejn, Ball turret gunner: Warren Lee, Waist gunner: Reed Brotzman, Waist gunner: Sol Brackman (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed in a formal garden of Chateau Desmet at Leers, three miles SE of Roubaix, Frl; Missing Air Crew Report 4344. CAWN'T MISS.

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

  • Glen Arndt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Clarence Barsuk

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Evaded. Shot down on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Bettys Revenge 42-107084, crashed at Politz and became Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Harry Blair

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Evaded.

  • Solomon Brackman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Killed in Action. PH

  • Reed Brotzman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Kinsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Robert Sylvester Kinsey Born April 1 1924 in Oklahoma's Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy Oklahoma to Robert S. Kinsey and Olive Forsythe. His father worked for the Train Company in the Oil Fields. Later moved to Atchison Kansas were he married his...

  • Warren Lee

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Levey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    down on 04/29/1944 in B-17G #42-1116 'Cawn' t Miss'. Evaded (EVD)

  • William Muse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231116 'Cawnt Miss. ' Evaded.

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Missions

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 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: ...

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 327

    29 April 1944

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2022 11:18:29 Guito59 Changes to description
Sources

Name of crash city correction

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2021 13:31:00 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31116

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4344 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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