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42-31508

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; RAF Valley 7/12/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 21/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Alf Vokaty, Co-pilot: Bill Cambrell, Navigator: Shea Schacter, Bombardier: Chas Strode, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Boros, Radio Operator: Ron Halpin, Ball turret gunner: Howard Crull, Waist gunner: John Campbell (8 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Roy Sanders, Tail gunner: Warren Canter (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set #2 on fire, then gas tanks, crashed Kaiburg, four miles E of Aschaffenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3938. COMMAND PERFORMANCE.

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

  • Joseph Boros

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231508 'Command Performance. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Cambrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31508 'Command Performance', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31508 'Command Performance', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Canter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31508 'Command Performance', Killed in Action. PH

  • Howard Crull

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231508 'Command Performance. ' Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIB until 3 May, 1945. PH/ AM 2Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO/ BS/ PUC

  • Louis Grate

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    11 x missions. Crew member of Capt Donald E Jones.

  • Ronald Halpin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231508 'Command Performance. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Sanders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31508 'Command Performance', Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Shea Schachter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231508 'Command Performance' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 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 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 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: ...

  • 301

    13 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 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 13:33:39 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31508

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2020 04:23:41 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.
Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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