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42-39826

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 119/43; Scott 23/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 31/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Traian Neag, Navigator: Elmer Santos, Bombardier: Okey Deraimo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Monzingo, Radio Operator: Bill Bardon, Ball turret gunner: Burt Purwin, Waist gunner: Ben Daszkiewicz, Waist gunner: Marvin Hill, Tail gunner: Jim Farrell (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John England (Killed in Action); flak, crashed three miles E of Zierolshofen, eight miles E of Strasbourg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1678. STUBBORN JEAN.

Shot down by flak. This was the first ship of the 401st to be lost to enemy opposition. Aircraft was named after an acquaintance of Lt. Neags.

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

  • William Bardon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Benjamin Daszkiewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Okey DeRaimo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John England

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 42-39826 'Stubborn Jean. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Farrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marvin Hill

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Monzingo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Traian Neag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bert Purwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Santos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39826 'Stubborn Jean', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 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...

  • 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 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 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...

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) Ludwigshafen, Germany 30 December 1943
Crashed Zierolshofen, 77694 Kehl, Germany 30 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2021 13:22:41 acbernstein1 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39826

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 11:06:53 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description and events
Sources

Changed from 10 POW to 9 POW and 1 KIA. See sources in John P England's record.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1678 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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