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42-31226

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 16/10/43; Memphis 19/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 22/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Don Butterfoss, Co-pilot: Bob Westfall, Navigator: Bernie Boyle, Bombardier: Bob Kerpen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alf Truszkowski, Radio Operator: Roger McCauley, Ball turret gunner: Everett Stanley, Waist gunner: John Reeves,Tail gunner: Bill Lee (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Bill Watkins (evaded capture); flak KOd #1 and #2, crashed Veldweg, two miles W of Beekbergen, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 4345.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bernard Boyle

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Butterfoss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kerpen, Sr.

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Lee

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roger McCauley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Reeves

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Stanley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Stelzer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. "The Bonnie Donnie" flown by Capt Stelzer, after Frankfurt mission set down on her belly. Rains and snow had mired the ground on adjacent turf so that a glide landing would have been impossible...

  • Alfred Truszkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31226. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Watkins

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 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: ...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 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
10 September 2021 13:23:21 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31226

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4345 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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