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42-31926

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Homestead 27/1/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-G] Grafton Underwood 19/2/44; Missing in Action Watten V-site at Wizernes 19/3/44 with Jim Lovell, Co-pilot: Walt Brookings, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin Fowlkes, Radio Operator: Minot Deftos, Ball turret gunner: Jim Johnson, Waist gunner: Doyle Blankenship (6 Killed in Action); Navigator: Joe Lewis, Bombardier: Martin Bachicha, Waist gunner: Jesse Oldham,Tail gunner: Lou Kardos (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wavrens, three miles N of St Pol, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3242. LOVELL'S HOVEL.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Martin Bachicha

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Doyle Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Brookings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart

  • Minot Deftos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Calvin Fowlkes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    42-31926 JD-G, "LOVELL'S HOVEL" hit by flak immediately after bombs away; later observed spiraling down with flames pouring from all parts of aircraft; four chutes emerged, with one on fire; crashed near Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, a very small village, near...

  • Louis Kardos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Lewis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Lovell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jesse Oldham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 6 January 1944
Assigned 19 February 1944

384BG
545BS
JD-G

Failed to Return (FTR) 3 miles N of St. Pol, France 19 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2020 00:08:39 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31926-lovells-hovel/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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