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42-98000 SU-J, FIGHTIN' HEBE, Shot down on mission #787 to Kyllburg, Germany. The aircraft flew 54 combat missions.



  • 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • Ira Bias

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Baasem, Germany on 8 January 1945 in B-17 'Fightin Hebe' #42-98000, MACR 11579.


  • 42-98000 FIGHTIN' HEBE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/4/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 15/7/44; on mission 27/9/44 with Raymond Gabel (8 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Rich Lovegren (Killed in Action); Missing in Action Kyllburg, Ger 8/1...


  • 787

    8 January 1945


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 15:03:32 bombercommand Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations