B-17G 42-31073

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-31073
Name: BILLIE-DEL
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*D
Start Date: 18 October 1943.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 8 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 31 December 1943. Crashed.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-31073
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B-17G Aircraft 42-31073 Was Assigned To 14 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 8 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
--30 October 1943Gelsenkirchen, Germany, RECALLEDSpare, Unused 
343 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
355 November 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--11 November 1943Wesel, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
--13 November 1943Bremen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
3616 November 1943Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3829 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
AbortedTurned back; #2 & #4 engines running rough.
Sortie Report
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseFailed to contact wing
Sortie Report
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
405 December 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Returned to Base Sortie Report
4111 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑29927.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
AbortedLead group. Aborted with #2 and #4 engines running rough.
Sortie Report
4420 December 1943Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionTwo bombs failed to release over target and were jettisoned in the Channel.
Sortie Report
4831 December 1943Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
CrashedCrash-landed near Whittlesey, UK (east of Peterborough) on return; crew bailed out safely, although minor injuries typical of a parachute descent were undoubtedly sustained; pilot and copilot rode ship down and were uninjured. Bombs had been jettisoned.
Sortie Report