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401st Bomb Group, Mission No 2, 1 Dec 1943, Solingen, Germany.
The Group flew the low position in the 1st Combat Wing, and this was the third wing over the target. They encountered 25 to 35 FW-190's over the target itself, but the escorting fighters did a good job of protecting the bombers, and although the attack went on for about 30 minutes the Group suffered no losses. The target was bombed using PFF methods.
On this mission the Group received credit for bringing down its first enemy aircraft. It went to Sgt Percy W. Stengel, a ball turret gunner with the 612th crew of W. J. Kelly.

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Aircraft

  • 42-31036 Nobody's Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 7/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 25/10/43, 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Frank Zitkovic, Co-pilot: Bascom Clifton, Navigator:...

  • 42-31068 "Fool's Luck"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; on return from Merignac 31/12/43 with Capt Jere Maupin, Co-pilot: Earl Owens, Navigator: Capt Walt Eabererr, Bombardier: Capt Ron WEoodhouse, Flight engineer...

  • 42-31087 'Heaven Can Wait', 'Boche Buster'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gt Falls 28/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Tom Hill, Wilbur Schmedel, Theo Block, Junius Chadwick, Jim Mullins, Vic Shewbert, Ed Hellenbeck, Buddy Keith, Omer...

  • 42-31089 Carolyne

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 4/10/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 16/11/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/1/44 with Capt Bill Garland, Co-pilot: Maj Malcolm Martin (Sq. CO), Navigator: Ed Nolte, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31098 Penny's Thunderhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/32; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; ...

  • 42-31193 Little Boots

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Capt. Robert Beers, Co-pilot: Howard Byrne, Navigator: Harry Gershon, Bombardier: Bill Ritch,...

  • 42-3507 "DUFFY'S TAVERN"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/7/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) South Plains 1/10/45. DUFFY'S TAVERN.

  • 42-37833 Omar The Dent Maker, The Devil's Daughter

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 26/3/44 with Capt Bill Rumsey, Co-pilot: Bob Kaercher, Navigator: Mike Walsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Roberts,...

  • 42-39765 Baby Lu III, Miss Manookie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/8/43; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 11/10/43 as BABY LU III; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 14/11/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/4/44; (?with Roger Bishop from Keesler 22/2/45?)...

  • 42-39840 The Lopin' Lobo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-A] Deenethoprpe 13/10/43; transferred AFSC 6/6/44 as development and test aircraft and designated XB-17G; Returned to the USA, used by US Navy from 20/11/45; 4148 BU Bedford 30/1/46;...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Locations

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2021 21:01:46 acbernstein1 Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=2

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2021 14:51:07 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Archive/Document/Mission/Report/002.pdf

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