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42-37788

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45. HELL’S MESSENGER.

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

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • David Barkhurst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • Lloyd Fisk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Kendall Daskey crew. 12 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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. ...

  • Franklyn Higbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Bahten crew. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Hill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. George Rowe crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Served in Korea and Vietnam conflicts

  • Albert Horan

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Owens crew. 36 x combat missions. B-17 44-6592 'Stardust' damaged by flak over Berlin 3-Feb-45. Pilot 2nd Lt. Ruckman flew damaged a/c behind Soviet lines and force landed at an airfield near Torun, Poland....

  • John Keeney

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Majeske crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, rising to rank of Colonel.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

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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

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 28 August 1943
Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 7 November 1943

384BG
544BS
later 547BS

1st 384th BG Combat Mission Bremen, Germany 26 November 1943
104th & Final 384th BG Combat Mission Pilsen, Czech Republic 25 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 02:18:11 466thHistorian Changes to production block number and media associations
Sources

https://photos.384thbombgroup.com/index.php?/category/G42-37788

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 02:04:40 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 02:04:39 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 02:03:40 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 02:03:31 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 21:08:19 mvandemark Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=6093

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 44-10-10-524 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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