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42-31414

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; on ferry trip from Little Staughton to Deenethorpe 27/1/44 with Mitch Woods, Co-pilot: Leon Van Sycle, Navigator: Rich Montfort, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Agee, Radio Operator: Nunzib Paola, pass-Don Lamb; cp was at controls and came down on wrong runway, but pilot Woods put up landing gear switch instead of flaps, crash landed base, (7 Returned to Duty); Salvaged n/battle damaged 2 SAD Lilett Staughton 30/1/44.

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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Jack Agee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Elisha Houpt

    Military | Corporal | Passenger | 401st Bomb Group
    On 27 Jan 1944, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G #42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD.

  • Donald Lamb

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 27 Jan 1944, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Richard Montfort

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 27 Jan 1944, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G #42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD.

  • Nunzio Paola

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 27 Jan 1944, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G #42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Leon Van Syckle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Mitchell Woods

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 1 November 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 1-Nov-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 14 January 1944

Assigned 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 27 January 1944

On ferry trip copilot was at controls and came down on wrong runway, but pilot Woods put up landing gear switch instead of flaps, belly landed base.

Salvaged Little Staughton, Bedford MK44 2BT, UK 30 January 1944

Salvaged to 2SAD Little Staughton 30-Jan-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 12:59:25 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31414&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 13:52:44 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31414

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2017 19:24:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31414&Submit4=Go

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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