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42-37809

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenthorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Chapman, Co-pilot: John Peck, Navigator: Harrison Hurlburt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Badura, Radio Operator: Hugh Chaffin (5 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Don Wallis, Ball turret gunner: Norman Fix, Waist gunner: Denzil Johnson, Waist gunner: Alf Marshall, Tail gunner: Francis Reed (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft severe damage, right wing broke off, crashed near Halberstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2506. CAROLINA QUEEN.

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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Badura

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hugh Chaffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Killed in Action (KIA). POW

  • Harold Chapman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Fix

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harrison Hurlburt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Denzel Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Marshall

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11-Jan-44 in B-17 42-37809 'Carolina Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2506 Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Peck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37809 'Carolina Queen. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 216

    11 January 1944
    This is a large fighter operation composed of a total of 592 aircraft. This operation is divided into two fighter elements with a combined force of 221 aircraft (P-47s and P-51s) providing escort for the Oshersleben - Halberstat B-17 bomber formations...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 22:59:02 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37809

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 00:56:48 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2506 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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