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42-39847

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Francis Shaw, Co-pilot: Bill Cole, Navigator: Elmer Engelhardt, Bombardier: Alf Audrey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Macomber, Radio Operator: Ken Terroux, Ball turret gunner: John Hurd, Waist gunner: Harry Highlen, Waist gunner: Bob Gordon, Tail gunner: Carl Seagren (10 Prisoner of War); flak KOd #3, crashed in swampy area at Blumenthal, 16 miles NE of Magdeburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4016. BATTLIN’ BETTY.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alfred Autry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Marvin Christensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Cole

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elmer Engelhardt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Highlen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hurd

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Macomber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Seagren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Shaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-39847 'Battlin' Betty. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 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 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 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 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 22:40:09 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39847

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 19:46:19 jmoore43 Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity. Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 19:44:26 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4016 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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