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42-32005

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-M] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; Missing in Action St Lo 24/7/44 with Ed Coleman, Navigator: H.E. Kron, Bombardier: E.K. Stout, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: A.T. Lindholm, Radio Operator: C.A. Carman, Ball turret gunner: A.J. Meany, Waist gunner: E.W. Anderson, Tail gunner: W.D. Kidman (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Stewart Wilcox (Killed in Action); ditched Channel, crew rescued by ASR. COMMAND PERFORMANCE II aka ANNIE.

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

  • Earl Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #4232005

  • C Carman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #42-32005, RTD.

  • Edward Coleman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Damaged and ditched in channel in B-17 42-32005, RTD.

  • W Kidman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #4232005

  • Horace Kron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #4232005

  • Alvin Lindholm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #4232005

  • Anthony Meany

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17G #42-32005 'Anne'

  • Eldridge Stout

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/24/44 in B-17 #42-32005

  • Stewart Wilcox

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    July 24, 1944, F/O Stewart L. Wilcox, Co-Pilot and his 613Sq. 1st.Lt. Coleman Crew flew the 401st BG Mission to St. Lo FR. On their return flight their B-17 a/c 'IN-M', ser. 42-32005 caught-fire, and although reports of the cause varied, all 9-Crewmen...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 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 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 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: ...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 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...

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

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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
Ditched English Channel 24 July 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) 50000 Saint-Lô, France 24 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 02:04:27 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=32005

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2021 13:45:03 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=32005

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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