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640 Operation Frantic VII

18 September 1944

Official description

110 B-17’s and 150 P-51’s (64 P-51’s to continue to USSR) drop supplies to Polish forces at Warsaw. 3 B-17’s abort and 2 are lost. After completing supply drop, 105 B-17’s and the 64 P-51’s proceed to USSR.

Description

Not yet known

Mission details

1. WARSAW

Description

SUPPLY DROP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Last OPERATION FRANTIC mission. 1,248 containers of supplies are dropped to Polish forces in Warsaw.

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 110
Number of aircraft Effective 107
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 7

Service

People

  • Robert Boudon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Carroll

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | Waistgunner/ Tailgunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 66 Born Pittsburgh PA & Then Moved to Bronx NY

  • John Dugan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Paul Fox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief. Flew on all four 8AF 'Frantic' operations to Russia.

  • Floyd Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Hastie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 x combat missions in B-17's. ETD 2nd tour assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF in de Havilland Mosquitos. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (5 battle stars), LOH.

  • Lawrence Kaplan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Weldon Martz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Ellis McClintick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Served in the Air Force for 30 years. Served as a navigator during the war. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel ...

  • Matthew McEntee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, BS, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 42-107047 The Doodle Bug

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 17/3/44; with R.V. Mercer force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44 with engine failure; battle damaged Berlin 3/2/45 with H. Palmer; force landed Charleroi, Bel; 97m, repaired & ret...

  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-97093 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for...

  • 42-97683

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/1/44; 1SAG Langley 7/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 8/4/44; lead ship t/o from Poltava, Russia for shuttle mission to Italy (Op Frantic IV) target Szolnok Afd, Hungary18/9/44 with Capt Jim Miller, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 42-97989

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/4/44; Langley 17/6/44; Dow Fd 7/7/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 8/7/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-Y] Horham 9/7/44; Missing in Action Warsaw (Operation Frantic VII) 18/9/44 with Jack W Streeton; force landed Russia; Salvaged 24/11...

  • 43-38333 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 12/8/44; with C.E. Willis force landed A-82 Rouvres, Fr 20/2/45; 73m, crash landed base with ?, non op 6/5/45; ditched North Sea with Roger Sundin 26/5/45....

  • 43-38346 Excelsior

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 11/8/44 KURCHOW; 335BS [OE-X/C]; 36m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 43-38393

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 8/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-V] Framlingham 2/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2019 11:08:54 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary
Radzilowski and Szcześniak, Frantic 7: The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2019 11:05:42 Emily Changes to official description
Sources

USAAF Combat Chronology

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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