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Martin Everett Kranick


Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Phil MacPhail crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



Units served with

  • 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


  • 42-107148 'DARK ANGEL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-P] Grafton Underwood 29/4/44; Missing in Action Bohlen 17/3/45 with Bill Schauer, Van McKay, Willis Gallop, Dan Frankel, Lamar Tumlin, Claude Shaffer, Francis Condon, Ken...

  • 42-31045

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/9/43; Gd Island 1/11/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 11/11/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 29/11/43; on ferry trip to Lt Staught for installation of GEE equipment 8/2/44 with Henry Markow, Co-pilot: Ed Lundgren,...

  • 42-31484 'Mairsy Doats'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; 546BS [BK-F]; battle damaged Gerolstein 27/12/44, crash landed Manston; 9KIA; Salvaged 28/12/44. MAIRSY DOATS.

  • 42-37792

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 16/7/44; transferred 34BG Mendlesham; retUS Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97178 Sweet Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 15/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-N] Grafton Underwood 16/3/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 19/7/44 with Gerald Heim, Co-pilot: Franklin Mueller, Navigator: Fred...

  • 42-97204

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 30/3/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Harry Rainey, Co-pilot: J.Z. Rowe, Navigator: Chas Francis, Bombardier: Walt Kendall,...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born North Bend, OR 23 January 1920

Son of Leslie Martin and Ethel M Kranick.

Enlisted Omaha, NE 1 April 1942

Omaha, Nebraska

Accepted commission 24 June 1943

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Grafton Underwood September 1943 – July 1944

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 1944

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Died Port Orford, OR 13 March 1963
Buried Bandon IOOF Cemetery, Bandon, Coos County, OR 17 March 1963

IOOF Cemetery
Coos County, Oregon


Date Contributor Update
01 September 2020 17:45:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /