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42-31983

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; detailed Munich 13/7/44 with L.H. Haskett, Tail gunner: Ed Page (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/11/45. MARY ALICE.

A replica of this aircraft is on display at the Duxford War Museum, UK.

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

  • Loren Close

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Haskett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Nursed the "Mary Alice" back to England from Munich in one of the most unusual feats of skill reported from 401st base. Haskett's crew on its 5th mission, was "Tail End Charlie" and received...

  • Carl Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x missions. ...

  • Hinson Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry Haskett crew. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Dan Knight

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Lieutenant Dan C Knight flew 28 missions with 401st Bomb group from 22 February to 25 June 1944. He and his crew were the first assigned to the 401st Bomb Group. Knight was pilot of B-17 'Mary Alice' which was named after his mother.

  • Brendan Lynch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions in B-17 'Mary Alice. ' On fifth mission, 13-Jul-44, was attacked by FW190's and ME109's. Emergency landing at RAF base. Tail Gunner, Ed Page, fatally wounded. Plane heavily damaged. ...

  • Edward Page

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Haskett crew. 5th mission to Munich. Placed last in the formation, received close attention from enemy fighters. Though mortally wounded, downed the Fw190 that had peppered his tail turret. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Edwin Post crew. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

  • 469

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

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 619

    10 September 1944

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 00:31:20 acbernstein1 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31983

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:38:29 terveurn Changes to place associations
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connections

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:36:28 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=31983

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:32:12 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to nicknames and unit associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=31983

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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