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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action French A/flds 14/6/44 with Russell Schroeder (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Mountain, Navigator: Erroll Rice, Bombardier: Gene Crawley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Bryant, Radio Operator: Chas Davis, Ball turret gunner: Joe Owens, Waist gunner: Don Grimble, Waist gunner: Dick Nyberg,Tail gunner: Chas Avery (9 evaded capture); heavy enemy aircraft attack KOd right horiz. stab., crashed Germigny-sous-Coulombs, 11 miles W of Chateau-Thierry, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5801. DRY RUN.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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


  • Jack Agee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • John Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Charly 6/14/44 in B-17 #42-37843, Evaded (EVD).

  • William Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed At Charly in B-17 'Dry Run' #4237843 on 14Jun 44 Evader

  • Eugene Crawley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed At Charly 6/14/44 in B-17 'Dry Run' - Evader

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Charly in B-17 #42-37843 on 6/14/44, Evaded.

  • Donald Grimble

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Charly on 6/14/44 in B-17 #42-37843 Evader

  • William Mountain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down Crashed at Charly14 June 1944 in B-17, #4237843. 'DryRun' Evader.

  • Richard Nyberg

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Charly 6/14/44 in B-17 #42-37843.

  • Joseph Owens

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed At Charly on 6/14/44 in B-17 #42-37843 Evader

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  • 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 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 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...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 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...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 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 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 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. ...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 14 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 18:57:56 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 15:15:55 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5801 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database