42-30342 Taint A Bird II

Object Number - UPL 19300 - B-17F 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II" 334th BS, 95th BG, 8th AF USAAF.

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite remote controllled drone attack on Watten with Lt F Pool & S/Sgt P Enterline 4/8/44. TAINT A BIRD II.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Headquarters
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6575918
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18124489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057861
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-686181
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 741st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13007515
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Places

Aerial photograph of Burtonwood airfield, 10 August 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/622. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Base Air Depot Area (BADA)

Missions

  • Date: 4 August 1944

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40283) nicknamed "Lassie Come Home" of the 458th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '44-40283- Lassie Come Home- Tracy Pilot.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Lassie Come Home
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Gravelines, France 1944-08-04 Aphrodite remote controllled drone attack on Watten 4-8-44. Controlled from B-24J 44-40283. B-17 'Taint A Bird' impacted at Gravelines, probably due to flak damage.

Other

Retasked Aphrodite/Azon Drone

Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK Retasked as an Aphrodite/Azon remote controlled drone flying bomb packed with 30,000 lb of Torpex explosives.

Manufactured

Burbank, CA, USA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Francis E Warren Air Force Base Heliport, Cheyenne Rd, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY 82005, USA 1943-05-19 Delivered to USAAF, Cheyenne Field 19/5/43.

Assigned

Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 1943-07-28 Assigned 334th BS, 95th BG, 8AF 28/7/43.

Other

Transferred

Burtonwood, Warrington, UK Transferred to #1 Base Air Depot. Fitted out as Aphrodite project drone.

Other

Transferred

Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK Transferred to 388th BG. Aphrodite project drone.

Revisions

Date12 Jan 2016 22:46:13
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date23 Dec 2015 12:25:43
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date5 Dec 2015 15:55:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:28
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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