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42-39765

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/8/43; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 11/10/43 as BABY LU III; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 14/11/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/4/44; (?with Roger Bishop from Keesler 22/2/45?);retUS 4186 BU Tinker 24/7/45; 4100 BU Patterson 1/9/45; 3704 BU Keesler 10/1/46; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/5/46. MISS MANOOKI.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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).

  • Earl Gibson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ditched into the channel and was rescued. RTD. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict.

  • Cecil Graf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Donald McCree and Donald Currie crews. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Morey Jeffery

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Paul King

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 43 missions total. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Winn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 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 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 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...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 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 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2021 11:28:49 acbernstein1 Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/?s=42-39765

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2021 11:17:01 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39765

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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