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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Crumpton, Radio Operator: Don Dooley, Ball turret gunner: Gordon Hetu (6 Killed in Action); Navigator: George Hawkins, Waist gunner: Harry Liniger,Tail gunner: Wilf Miller (3 Prisoner of War); flak, tail section disintegrated, crashed Ostingersleben, W of Magdeburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9366. LAZY DAISY.



  • 43-37822 The Lead Banana

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-N] Grafton Underwood 29/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with John Buslee, Co-pilot: Dave Albrecht, Navigator: Bill Henson, Bombardier: Bob Stearns, Flight...

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  • 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • Gerald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Byron Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222

  • James Brodie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 28-Sep-44. Crashed near Erxleben Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9366. ...

  • Robert Crumpton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid-Air Collision with B-17 43-37822, LEAD BANANNA. Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222, Missing Air Crew Report #9366.

  • Donald Dooley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision. One combat mission with the 384th Bomb Group.

  • Charles Griffin

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Captain Charles E Griffin Jr, Portland ME, 384th Bomb Group, 546th Squadron, Bombardier; ...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Erxleben on 28 September 1944 in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222

  • Melvin Hedrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | flexible gunner/ Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Gates Carey crew. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Hetu

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben, Germany in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision with B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana'. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Charles Hinojos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Frank Mead crew. 35 combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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  • 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 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • 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...

  • 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 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 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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  • 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
Shot Down/Crashed 39343 Ostingersleben, Germany 28 September 1944

flak, tail section disintegrated


Date Contributor Update
19 June 2016 04:19:22 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9366 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database