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42-40002

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17, 42-37928. Pilot of 42-40002 that day was Clyde A. Lewis; Co-pilot: Mitchell K. Woods; Navigator: William M. Eaton; Radio Operator: Clarence R. Miner; passenger : Donald W. Michael, (5 Returned to Duty).

Missing in Action on the 19 June 1944 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Pilot : William W. Trimble; Co-Pilot : Fred L. Shantz; Navigator : Beryl F. Lemke; Bombardier : Enver C. Cury; Engineer/Top Turret Gunner : Edward Tracey; Radio Operator : Jack Mackey; Ball Turret Gunner : John E. Schaffer; Left Wiast Gunner : Joseph P. Acker; Right Waist Gunner : Paul K. Courtad; Tail Gunner : William A. Armstrong (10 evaded capture). Flak KOd #2 & #4 and severed control cables. Crashed Le Pouyau, near Artiguillon, 4km South of Lesparre-Médoc, NW of Bordeaux, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6001.
See the pages for all 10 crew members at www.evasioncomete.be >>> Fiches (alphabetical listing)

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-37928

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG (PY- ] Podington 1/12/43. While parked at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944, was hit by 42-40002 of 616BS/401BG which losing brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing, ground looped and...

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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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD). See the page with details about his evasion at...

  • William Armstrong

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) - MACR 6001. Liberated at Angoulême, France on 1...

  • William Asbell

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Trimble crew. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • Paul Courtad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Prisoner of War (POW) EVD MACR 6001 ...

  • Enver Cury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Enver Cury was Bombardier on board B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' of 401st Bomb Group / 615th Bomb Squadron on the 19-Jun-44 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Hit by Flak, the Fortress had one motor on fire, two other ones out of action,...

  • William Eaton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Clyde Lewis crew. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Beryl Lemke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • Clyde Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Jack MacKey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • Donald Michael

    Military | Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD on 1 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17.

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Missions

  • 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 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

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
Manufactured Las Vegas, NV, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 1 November 1943

Delivered Long Beach 1-Nov-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 29 December 1943

Assigned 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Little Staughton, Bedford MK44 2BT, UK 1 January 1944

Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17, 42-37928.

Crashed Le Pouyau, Commune de Artiguillon, France 19 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield.
Hit by Flak, 1 motor on fire, two others out; leaking oil. All crew bailed out and evaded.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 09:16:54 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-40002&Submit4=Go
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=40002

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 08:47:32 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Updated website address of www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 23:23:11 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=40002

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2017 19:44:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-40002&Submit4=Go
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?Serial=40002

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 13:08:30 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6001
Corrected typos in names (Shantz, Beryl Lemke)
Added full names of men on board 42-37928

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6001 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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