B-17F 42-29960

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-29960
The name is thought to refer to the home states of crewmembers. The Erickson crew flew this plane on each of its combat missions, and investigation reveals that the ORIGINAL Erickson Crew had members from New York (4), Missouri (1), Kentucky (2), and Michigan (1) - but also from Pennsylvania (1) and New Jersey (1).
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company, B-17F-80-BO, Camouflage
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 544th‑SU*J
Start Date: 1 April 1943. Original AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 2 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 4 July 1943. Failed to return from combat operations.
Related Documents:Post Loss Document File #5
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-29960 Photo Album

B-17F Aircraft 42-29960 Was Assigned To 5 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 2 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
--23 June 1943Bernay-Saint-Martin, France, RECALLEDMission Recalled Sortie Report
225 June 1943Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Aborted Mission After Taking Off.Initially took off at 0553-1/2, landed at 0618, then took off again at 0630; reasons for this are unknown. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
Sortie Report
326 June 1943Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
428 June 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Aborted Mission After Taking Off.Turned back with #1 oil cooler leaking; top turret and ball turret problems.
Sortie Report
64 July 1943Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Failed To ReturnLow Squadron Deputy. Damaged by flak after the target, then further attacked by Me-109s; crashed near Belfonds, France. No MACR
Sortie Report