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42-5086

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 17/9/42; Presque Is 17/11/42; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-J] Thurleigh 25/11/42; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-B] Grafton Underwood 5/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43 with Bill Wilson, Co-pilot: Carlos Rabby, Navigator: Bob Belk, Bombardier: Rich Crown, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lerster Birnbaum, Radio Operator: Jim Compton, Ball turret gunner: David Heintzelman, Waist gunner: Murray Stamm, Waist gunner: F.O. Miller, Tail gunner: Frank Greene (10 Returned to Duty), crash landed on bank of River Dove, Eye, Sfk, crew bailed over Ipswich; Salvaged. WAHOO II.

Service

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Belk

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943. All crew survived. Shot down in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on mission to Regensburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lester Birnbaum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II'over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943.

  • James Compton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943.

  • Richard Crown

    Military | Major | MOS 1034 - Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #93 dated 11 September 1943, Louis E Ritt Crew. 36 combat missions. ...

  • Frank Greene

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    10 Oct 1943 - bailed out of heavily damaged B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England. All crew survived.

  • David Heintzelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943. The entire crew landed safely.

  • Floyd Miller

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943.

  • Guy Myers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group
    4 October 1943, Mission #108, Staff Sergeant Myers died of asphyxiation after oxygen system problems, and in sharing his oxygen mask with the other waist gunner. He became unconscious and efforts to revive him failed. This was his first combat mission.

  • Charles Rabby

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster Railroad Yards on 10 October 1943. All crew survived.

  • Murry Stamm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943.

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Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 19:19:52 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.
Added connections to the 369th BS & 306th BG mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 19:11:48 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 19:10:55 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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