B-17G 42-31211

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-31211
Name: RENO'S RAIDER
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 546th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: BK*H
Ground Crew Chief: Pierce, Howard Bundy
Start Date: 23 November 1943. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 34 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 8 May 1944. Failed to return from combat operations: MIA 5/8/44 mission to Sottevast, France.
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B-17G Aircraft 42-31211 Was Assigned To 47 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 34 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
AbortedLow Squadron. Aborted due to excessive icing (3/4' on wings, etc.); aircraft stalled and went into a spiral.
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 MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
4316 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
4420 December 1943Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
4522 December 1943Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying Spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
4624 December 1943Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Completed MissionComposite group.
Sortie Report
4730 December 1943Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
4831 December 1943Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Completed MissionLanded away at Kimbolton; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
517 January 1944Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
AbortedBecame separated from formation in dense coulds after group assembly; failed to make wing rendezvous.
Sortie Report
5211 January 1944Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
5314 January 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
5421 January 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Completed Mission41B Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
--24 January 1944Frankfurt am Main, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseB Grp
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5529 January 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
573 February 1944Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Completed MissionLow group high Squadron deputy.
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584 February 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group deputy, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
595 February 1944Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
606 February 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
618 February 1944Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑31606. High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
6725 February 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Scrubbed41A Group. Replaced by Ground Spare aircraft 42‑37885.
Sortie Report
6828 February 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
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692 March 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionLead group, low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
714 March 1944Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Unused 
726 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
AbortedLanded almost immediately after takeoff because an exhaust stack on #1 cylinder of #2 engine had broken. Crew list not available in Group records (as of 8/2013).
Sortie Report
749 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
7618 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, lead group, 41st Combat Bombardment Wing.
Sortie Report
7719 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
7820 March 1944Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97477.
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7922 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron, composite high group.
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8023 March 1944Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
8124 March 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
869 April 1944Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 0928 hrs; could not locate formation due to bad weather. Landed away at RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire.
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
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
--21 April 1944Leuna, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
9727 April 1944Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
9627 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Flight CompletedWeather Ship
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991 May 1944Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Completed MissionWing Lead.
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1004 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group, 41st CBW.
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1017 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
1038 May 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Failed to ReturnGroup lead. Was hit by continuously tracking flak about 40 seconds before bomb release; aircraft received direct burst beneath the pilot's compartment; started in to a steep spiral; crashed about 7 miles SW of Valognes, France. MACR 4560
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