B-17G 42-107058

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-107058
Name: WHITE ANGEL
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company, B-17G-35-DL, Natural Metal Finish
Squadron: 546th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 546th-BK*C
Ground Crew Chiefs: Clayton, Alfred George
Jacobs, Gilbert O
Start Date: 7 April 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 38 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 11 September 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Comments: There is no evidence to support the reported initial 384th assignment to the 545th BS.
Damage incurred on the 24 April 1944 mission apparently put this aircraft out of commission for some time, leading to assignment of a new crew chief on its return to GU for combat duty.
Related Documents:Missing Air Crew Report # 8903 (10.331 MB)
Missing Air Crew Report # 7885 (15.713 MB)
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-107058 Photo Album
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B-17G Aircraft 42-107058 Was Assigned To 52 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 38 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
869 April 1944Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 1030 hrs; could not locate formation due to bad weather. Landed away at RAF Manby, Lincolnshire.
Sortie Report
8811 April 1944Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Spare, Unused 
--12 April 1944Schweinfurt, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
8913 April 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
9018 April 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
--21 April 1944Leuna, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9424 April 1944Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to crew casualties and battle damage. This aircraft had two killed and four wounded aboard. 2nd Lt. Charles Gowder was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. S/Sgt. James E. Williamson, tail gunner, was awarded the Silver Star.
Sortie Report
1265 June 1944Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Completed MissionHigh Group.
Sortie Report
1296 June 1944Target: Highway Choke Point in City of Caen
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1307 June 1944Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1318 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Completed Mission41D Group. Bombed Primary Target.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed MissionLead Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed Mission41B Group.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
AbortedLead Group. Turned back at 0815 hrs due to failure of #2 engine.
Sortie Report
14524 June 1944Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
14828 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑6147. High group, 41st B wing. Landed away at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
14930 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Spare, Unused 
1526 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Blanc Pignon Ferme, Cléty, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1548 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Completed MissionHigh group.
Sortie Report
15612 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Unused 
16119 July 1944Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Spare, Unused 
16220 July 1944Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16321 July 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship, low group.
Sortie Report
16525 July 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Completed MissionLow Group.
Sortie Report
16628 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16729 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16831 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
1691 August 1944Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Completed MissionLow Group.
Sortie Report
1703 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Completed MissionH Group.
Sortie Report
1714 August 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1735 August 1944Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Completed Mission,
some crew bailed out
Five EM bailed out before target at 1230 near Garlstorf, Germany, when a hydraulic motor burned out, causing intense smoke in the cockpit: 'Stand by to bail out' order was heard by EM as 'Bail out' and they jumped - see MACR 7885. Plane attacked target with remaining 4 crew members.
Sortie Report
1747 August 1944Target: Aircraft Fuel Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dugny (Paris), France
Spare, Completed MissionHigh group flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
1758 August 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Completed MissionLow group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
1769 August 1944Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
17711 August 1944Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
AbortedHigh group flying spare. Turned back because he couldn't locate formation. A contributing factor was a broken radiocompass antenna.
Sortie Report
17812 August 1944Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
17913 August 1944Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Completed MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
18014 August 1944Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
18116 August 1944Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Completed MissionHigh section lead, high group.
Sortie Report
18324 August 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
18425 August 1944Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑6294.
Sortie Report
18526 August 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
18630 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--1 September 1944Ludwigshaven, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseLuggage-C
Sortie Report
1873 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1898 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1909 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19110 September 1944Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19211 September 1944Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Failed to Return41B Group, Aircraft received a direct flak burst, at 1208 hours near the primary target, in bomb bay; immediately released bombs and caught on fire; dived to 18,000 feet and levelled off; lost to sight; flak, crashed near Halle, Germany; MACR 8903.
Sortie Report