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42-3441

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Denver 14/6/43; Kearney 19/7/43; Assigned to the 547th BS, squadron code SO-E, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood, UK on 9/8/43; when war weary the ship was used as an assembly ship, painted white with sky blue polka dots; Returned to the USA Grenier 24/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 12/12/45 THE SPOTTED COW aka PATCHES II.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Efrom Adelman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - MOS 1034 | 384th Bomb Group
    After completing his combat tour, Adelman returned to the United States, remaining in the Army. He died in an air accident in Alabama on 31 March 1945. ...

  • Karl Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Cole

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Donovan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW https://natickveterans.com/2017/08/03/warren-donovan/

  • Kenneth Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Marv Kravet crew. 17 x combat missions. Shot down over Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany on 24-Apr-44 with Bill MacKichan crew in B-17 42-38158. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Claus Gustafson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Entered Army/Air Force in September 1942, discharged in November 1945. ...

  • Alton Haverlah

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Holler

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Murray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 04:59:12 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 04:31:40 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 01:25:40 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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