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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/43; Kearney 5/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 2/2/44; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/44 with Marion Hagen, Co-pilot: John Dunn, Navigator: Wilbur Cordell, Bombardier: Fred Graham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Simmons, Radio Operator: Martin Barr, Ball turret gunner: Wade Cox, Waist gunner: Art Huston, Waist gunner: Jim Stone (9 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Bill Henson (Prisoner of War); flak hit an exloded almost immediately, crashed Kiel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4815. SAD SACK aka MY DAY.



  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Martin Barr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-38026 'My Day. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Wilbur Cordell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Wade Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-38026 'My Day'. Killed in Action. PH

  • John Dunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-38026 'My Day'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Fred Graham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38026 'My Day. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM & 2 OLCs, PH

  • Marion Hagen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-38026 'My Day'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Henson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-38026 'My Day. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Huston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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  • 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...

  • 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 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 322

    27 April 1944

  • 323

    27 April 1944
    From the diary of Lt. David W LeBlanc: " This afternoon we went to Nancy France and it turned out to be a bad day. We had #3 off the group leader. It wasn't very deep in France when #3 engine started running terribly rough so we feathered it. While...

  • 329

    30 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 338

    4 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Crashed Deenethorpe, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17, UK 1 April 1944

Ground Looped Deenethorpe/Sta 128, Cat 3 damage, pilot Robert R Woods, 1-4-44.

440401 B-17G 42-38026 612BS 401BG 128 8

Crashed Kiel, Germany 19 May 1944 – 19 May 1944

Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/44. Flak hit and exloded almost immediately, crashed Kiel, Germany; [1 x POW, 9 x KIA] Missing Air Crew Report MACR4815.


Date Contributor Update
01 October 2021 11:02:07 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames


Date Contributor Update
14 September 2021 21:51:02 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 14:25:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4815 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database