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42-38033

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Grand Island 15/12/43; Presque Is 21/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 6/1/44. Missing in Action Frankfurt 20 March 1944 with Pilot John A. Dunaway, Co-pilot: Henry Kane, Radio Operator: Francis J. Mastronardi, Ball turret gunner: Walter R. Rusch (4 Prisoner of War). Bombardier: Theodore J. Krol, Right Waist gunner: John Katsaros (2 evaded capture). Navigator: William G. Mock Jr (killed by German fighters while parachuting down), Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Harry C. Horst Jr, Tail gunner: Marvin H. Benz (3 Killed in Action). Left Waist gunner: John W. Crowley (died of wounds on 22 March 1944 in a military hospital in Rheims-DOW). Enemy aircraft, crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Rheims, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3332.

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

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Damaged

  • Marvin Benz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Marvin Benz was killed by 20mm shells on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Crowley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Crowley was Right Waist gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Hit in the lungs and stomach by 20mm shells, he bailed out above Breuil, France. Immediately captured, he...

  • John Dunaway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    John Dunaway was Pilot of B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Captured near Unchair, about 3km South of the crash site, on 20 March...

  • Harry Horst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Harry Horst was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. He was hit in the head and killed by a 20mm...

  • Henry Kane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Henry Kane was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Captured near Unchair, about 3km South of the crash site, on 20 March...

  • John Katsaros

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Katsaros was Left Waist gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Evaded (EVD).

  • Theodore Krol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Theodore Krol was Bombardier on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the...

  • Burton Markle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Mastronardi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Separated from the formation but still bombed the target, an ME 109 Assembly plant in Frankfurt, Germany on 20 March 1944 in B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War". Shot down by ME109's over Breuil, German-Occupied France. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims,...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 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 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are dispatched from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 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 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 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...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Breuil, France 20 March 1944

shot down by enemy aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2021 21:55:54 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=38033

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 12:24:44 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3332

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3332 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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