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401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 4, 11 Dec 1943, Emden, Germany.
1521 hours - All aircraft down except 42-31098 (IW-B - "Penny's Thunderhead") which landed at Lindholme RAF base, Yorkshire, after sustaining heavy battle damage (eight crew members having bailed out).
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions sent up 523 four-engine bombers on this mission with 17 aircraft lost and 138 aircraft damaged. The claims for the bombers were 86-22-23 and the fighters 21-0-7.

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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:...

  • 42-31069 'LITTLE MOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31077 Pakawalup II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-A] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 615BS [IY-A]; Missing in Action Munster 30/9/44 with Tom Davis, Co-pilot: Alan Newcomb, Navigator: Herb Corwin, Bombardier: Henry Kaczorowski,...

  • 42-31081 Son of a Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G ser. 42-31081, 'Son of A Blitz': ...

  • 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...

  • 42-31193 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,...

  • 42-37809 Carolina Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenthorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Chapman, Co-pilot: John Peck, Navigator: Harrison Hurlburt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Badura,...

  • 42-37843 'Dry Run'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action French A/flds 14/6/44 with Russell Schroeder (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Mountain, Navigator: Erroll Rice, Bombardier: Gene...

  • 42-39825 Zenobia El Elephante

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-M] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; aircraft stalled & crashed on take off and exploded 5/12/43, with Walter Keith, Co-pilot: Wardlaw Hammond, Navigator: Carl Floto (inj), Bombardier: John...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

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 21:25:46 acbernstein1 Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=4

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2021 23:43:30 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Archive/Document/Mission/Report/004.pdf

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