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42-5444

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 10/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 2/6/43; 403AD Langford Lodge 5/7/43; 545BS/384BG [JD-N] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Burton Ross, Navigator: Art Caziani, Bombardier: Jim Seibel, Radio Operator: Ed Davis, Ball turret gunner: Bob Ralph, Waist gunner: J. T. Bishop, Waist gunner: Tom Vezina (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Francis Nelson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Bartholomew, Tail gunner: Bob Grimes (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, blew up and crashed Minden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2263. WE DOOD IT!

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron
  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Everett Bartholomew

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, '"We Dood It". Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Jack Bishop

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263. Awards: PH.

  • Arthur Canziani

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263 Final Resting Place or Memorial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Edward Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263 Final Resting Place or Memorial: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

  • Robert Grimes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, "We Dood It". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263 ...

  • James Lovell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Nelson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. ...

  • Robert Ralph

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft on a mission to Brunswick, 30 January 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 "WE DOOD IT". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR# 2263. He flew 22 combat missions. ...

  • Burton Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). Final Resting Place or Memorial: Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia

  • James Siebel

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 'We Dood It!. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

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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...

  • 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

Event Location Date
Delivered Tulsa, Oklahoma 10 December 1942
Assigned RAF Molesworth 2 June 1943

303BG
360BS

Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 11 August 1943

384BG
545BS

Shot Down by German Fighters Oberkirchen, Germany 30 January 1944

Low group high Squadron. Last seen at 1146 hrs, six minutes before the IP, being attacked by FW 190s and began falling away from the formation where he burst into flames, but continued on and dropped bombs on target; three chutes seen to emerge; crashed near Oberkirchen, Germany. Casualties buried in Meinsen. MACR 2263

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 00:04:50 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 00:27:08 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 23:51:11 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events and unit associations
Sources

https://photos.384thbombgroup.com/index.php?/category/F42-5444

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2015 03:04:30 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2263 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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