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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 23/11/43; Missing in Action Sottevast 8/5/44 with Capt Earl Allison, Co-pilot: Capt Randolph Jacobs, Bombardier: Jack Nagel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Clements, Ball turret gunner: Vernon Kaufman (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Curtin, Waist gunner: Jim Grimmett,Tail gunner: Lester Hall (3 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Bill Laubenstein, Waist gunner: Ken Hougard (2 evaded capture); direct flak hit, crashed Chateau de la Gronniere, near Nehou, seven miles SW of Valognes, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4560.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • Earl Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211, RENO'S RAIDER. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #4560

  • William Clements

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Curtin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Ditched 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31274 'Sea Hag.' Rescued and returned to base. Shot down on 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1768 POW

  • James Grimmett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation specialty 757-Radio Operator/Mechanic/Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211, RENO'S RAIDER. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lester Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #4560 POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

  • Kenneth Hougard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 612 Airplane Armorer/Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. With the help of friendly French Nationals, he evaded capture from 8 May 1944 until 4 July 1944 when he was liberated by advancing American troops.

  • Randolph Jacobs

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Randolph G. E. Jacobs completed a 25 mission combat tour and volunteered to fly five additional missions. He was Killed in Action on his first additional mission.

  • Vernon Kaufman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Laubenstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Jack Nagel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

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  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 5 October 1943
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering NN14, UK 23 November 1943


Failed to Return (FTR) Vierge de la Gronnière, 50500 Saint-André-de-Bohon, France 8 May 1944

Shot down by a direct flak hit


Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 03:35:41 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4560 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database