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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 13/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-M] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Capt George Gould, Co-pilot: Frank Linc, Navigator: Bob Lotz, Bombardier: Jay Wade, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Gould, Radio Operator: Hugh Reddy, Ball turret gunner: Chas Warlow, Waist gunner: Jim McCaha wia to foot, taken to hospital and repatriated before end of war, Waist gunner: Ralph Meeks, Tail gunner: John Cumpson (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed two miles E of Platendorf, near Gifhorn, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4346. BADLAND BAT.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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


  • Martin Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    T/Sgt Martin A. Anderson flew 34 missions, from 02/05/1944, mission #21, to 03/31/1945, mission #240. He served as a Radio Operator. He survived until the end of the war. Flew aircrafts 42-31521 'Badland Bat' DFC

  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • John Cumpson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231521 'Badland Bat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Gould

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231521 'Badland Bat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Linc

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Lotz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231521 'Badland Bat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Meeks

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231521 'Badland Bat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Mvgaha

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

  • Hugh Reddy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231521 'Badland Bat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jay Wade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31521 'Badland Bat', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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  • 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 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...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are dispatched from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 284

    29 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 238 B-17s of 1st Air Division: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG and 457BG are despatched to bomb the industrial areas of...

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 327

    29 April 1944


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 22:49:27 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:38:35 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4346 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database