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42-102601 BK-K, Bolo Babe, 546th Bomb Squadron, 384th bomb Group. Shot down on 8th AF mission 614, crashed in France, entire crew evaded and returned to duty.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • Clarence Hightshoe

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    See "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor, for a detailed biography. ...

  • Frank Rock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner

  • Raymond Wisdahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner


  • 42-102601 Bolo Babe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe,...


  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.


  • 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...


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27 October 2018 13:30:21 bombercommand Changes to collection, caption and person associations

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28 February 2015 15:58:29 bombercommand Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations