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42-3231

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-M] Grafton Underwood 28/5/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Capt Rich Carrington, Co-pilot: Harvey Esty, Navigator: Robin Taber, Bombardier: Capt Mike Smithwick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Schmidlapp, Waist gunner: Joe Scholand (6 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Art Brittain, Ball turret gunner: Win Smalley, Waist gunner: Floyd Wingate,Tail gunner: Walt Parkins (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Erfstadt, near Liblar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 287. THE INFERNO.

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Arthur Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 12-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 287 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Richard Carrington

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

  • Howard Cromwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner/Observer | 384th Bomb Group
    Ordered to the 8th Air Force Officers Rest Home, Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire for seven days Temporary Duty on or about 15 August 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #70 dated 14 August 1943. ...

  • Harvey Esty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Parkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Phillip Schmidlapp

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Scholand

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Winford Smalley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Smithwick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robin Taber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Air Support Command 72

    26 September 1943
    The German airfield at Conches, France was to be the target for 72 B-26s from 323G (36) and 386BG (36), but the mission is recalled due to weather. There are no losses or claims.

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 Cheyenne, WY 2 April 1943
Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 28 May 1943

384BG
545BS

Shot Down Erfstadt, Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 00:18:20 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 00:18:08 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 17:00:44 bombercommand Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=330

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 287 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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