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42-5849

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 20/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 20/3/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-N] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with John Butler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Turlington (2 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Herman Wollenweber, Navigator: Ed Knowling, Bombardier: Burnia Martin, Radio Operator: Preston Davis,Tail gunner: Clarry Barnes (5 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Herb May, Waist gunner: Marion Rogers, Waist gunner: Walt Sword (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Rennes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 722. HELL'S BELLES II.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Barnes

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II. Missing Air Crew Report #722. 'Prisoner of War (POW). Was in Stalag Luft 17B POW

  • Johnny Butler

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II', Evaded (EVD). Made it to Switzerland then Returned to England in 1944.

  • Preston Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #425849 'Hell's Belles II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Knowling

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Burnia Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | MOS 612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner, Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner, Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #722 POW

  • Herbert May

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #425849 'Hell's Belles II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marion Rogers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #425849 'Hell's Belles II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Sword

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Turlington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 on 14th mission in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II. MACR 772 'Evaded' Escaped over the Pyrenees with William Ross (448th). E&E Report #814

  • Herman Wollenweber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-5849 'Hell's Belles II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Wrote an account of trip to France in September 1999 to attend the dedication of monument to the crash of ' Hell's Belles II' and the three men who lost their lives...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 16 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 722 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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