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42-37835

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 16/9/43; Gt Falls 21/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 5/11/43; on return from Osnabruck was hit by bomb from above and abandoned 22/12/43 with Stuart Smith, Co-pilot: Stan Chmuro, Navigator: Vic Reese, Bombardier: Lewis Majewski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Flynn, Radio Operator: Fred McCawley, Ball turret gunner: L.F. Davis, Waist gunner: Frank Scicchihano, Waist gunner: Calvin Hopkins,Tail gunner: Harry Parker (10 Returned to Duty); crashed Washingley, Northamptonshire, UK; sal 2 SAD. CHANNEL EXPRESS.

While over the target "Channel Express" was struck by a bomb dropped from another group, causing considerable damage to the controls. The pilot, Lt Stuart E. Smith, managed to bring the aircraft back to Deenethorpe where the crew bailed out before heading it for Germany on authomatic pilot. The plane in fact didn't go all that many miles from base, crashing near Washingley, Huntingdonshire (about two miles due east of the 1st Air Division airfield).

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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Maurice Carr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Stuart Smith crew. 33 x combat missions. RTD. ...

  • Stanislaw Chmura

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Leonardo Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • William Flynn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD. Amongst his missions had several close calls. ...

  • Calvin Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Stuart Smith crew. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Majewski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred McCawley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Stuart Smith crew. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Parker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Reese

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 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 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • 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...

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
Delivered Long Beach, CA 16 September 1943

Delivered Long Beach 16-Sep-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe, UK 5 November 1943

Assigned 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Washingley, Northamptonshire 22 December 1943

On return from Osnabruck was hit by bomb from above and crew abandoned A/C 22-Dec-43; crashed Washingley, Northamptonshire.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 13:37:17 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32161387?terms=Stuart%20E%20Smith
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-37835-channel-express/

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2021 13:16:37 acbernstein1 Changes to description
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37835

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2021 13:13:53 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37835

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 21:26:06 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32161387?terms=Stuart%20E%20Smith
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-37835-channel-express/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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