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42-31369

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Romulus 25/11/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-K] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Brandenburg 6/8/44 with John Sauerwald, Co-pilot: John Zimmerman, Navigator: Forrest Holmstrom, Bombardier: Cletus Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Dautrich, Radio Operator: Buford Saville, Ball turret gunner: Warren Spence, Waist gunner: Paul Pamilla,Tail gunner: Rob Ruiz (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crew bailed and captured at Warnemunde, Ger. aircraft crashed in Baltic Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 7887. ROUND TRIPPER.

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

  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD). See the page with details about his evasion at...

  • William Asbell

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Trimble crew. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • Lloyd Dautrich

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Warnemuende on 8/6/44 in B-17 'Round Tripper' #42-31369, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Forrest Holmstron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • 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...

  • Cletus Meyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Warnemuende on 8/6/44 in B-17 'Round Tripper' #43-231369 POW

  • Paul Pumilla

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Ruiz

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Warnemuende on 8/6/44 in B-17 'Round Tripper' #42-31369 POW

  • John Sauerwald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Warenmuende on 8/6/44 in B-17 Round Tripper #4231369 POW

  • Buford Saville

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Warnemuende on 8/6/44 in B-17 Round Tripper #4231369 POW

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Missions

  • 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. ...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, Wyoming 26 October 1943
Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 14 January 1944

401 BG
614 BS
IW-K

Failed to Return (FTR) North Sea of the coast of Warnemunde, Germany 6 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2021 13:00:51 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31369

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 18:02:00 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7887 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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