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B-17 42-102601 BK-K, Bolo Babe
France, September 1944



  • 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


  • Delmar Beesley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 on 23 March 1945.

  • Stanley Burek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Joseph Hartness

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co Pilot - Pilot

  • 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

  • Herbert Schaaf

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co Pilot
    29 missions Plane was 'Buckeye Belle' B-17 Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Clusterl, EAMEribbon , DFC, purple heart

  • Maurice Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Lester Walcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret

  • 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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29 October 2018 15:27:59 Emily Changes to aircraft associations

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25 January 2015 11:11:47 bombercommand Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations