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42-37981

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-P] Deenethorpe 3/12/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Jim Neill, Co-pilot: Elbert Hammond, Navigator: Alby Roddy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Moore, Radio Operator: Frank Nebus, Ball turret gunner: Harry Nicol, Waist gunner: Merle Warner (7 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Calvin McDonald,Tail gunner: Reynold Fraker (2 Killed in Action); mech fault #3 feathered, then #1 caught fire, crashed Buckhorst, SW of Gardelegen Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7222. BELLE OF THE BARBARY COAST.

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

  • 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 Blevins

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Reynold Fraker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Hit by 20mm shell in first pass by fighters. Killed in...

  • Elbert Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7222. ...

  • Gerald Hansen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Holland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM(3OLC), American Campaign, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x battle star).

  • Calvin MacDougall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Hit by 20mm shell preparing to bail out at nose hatch....

  • George Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW), MACR 7222. ...

  • Frank Nebus

    Military | Private First Class | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig in B-17 'Belle of the Barbary Coast' 42-37981 Lost due to mech failure and shot down by Fw190 crashed near Burkhorst 7-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7222. ...

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Missions

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 584

    27 August 1944

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 7 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 23:11:07 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=37981

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7222 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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