B-17G 42-31435

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-31435
Name: WEST END
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company, B-17G-20-BO, Camouflage
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 544th-SU*S
Start Date: 2 March 1944.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 27 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 6 July 1944. Crashed.
Comments: This aircraft received a field-engineered and installed fixed gun mount with six .50-caliber machine guns at Grafton Underwood. These guns were controlled by the pilot.
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-31435 Photo Album
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B-17G Aircraft 42-31435 Was Assigned To 37 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 27 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
726 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
749 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
7516 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group, 40th B Composite Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
7719 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
7820 March 1944Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Mission Recalled Sortie Report
7922 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, low group. Mazer is listed as 'Pass/B' implying that he flew in the nose of the aircraft, probably serving as nose-gunner and togglier.
Sortie Report
8023 March 1944Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Completed MissionComposite high group deputy.
Sortie Report
8226 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
8327 March 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Completed Mission94 Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
8529 March 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--31 March 1944Ludwigshaven, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseDeputy
Sortie Report
869 April 1944Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Completed MissionWing deputy.
Sortie Report
8710 April 1944Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Completed Mission Sortie Report
8811 April 1944Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy, high composite group.
Sortie Report
--12 April 1944Schweinfurt, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9018 April 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
9119 April 1944Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9220 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed MissionB Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
--21 April 1944Leuna, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
991 May 1944Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
ScrubbedReturned to base because #1 engine failed. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37776.
Sortie Report
1017 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31364.
Sortie Report
1038 May 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
--10 May 1944Ehrang, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHigh Grp B
Sortie Report
10511 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
1222 June 1944Target: Gun Battery with six 155mm guns, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (5 miles S of Boulogne), France
Spare, Unused 
1286 June 1944Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Spare, Unused 
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
Spare, Unused 
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
13716 June 1944Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑6147.
Sortie Report
14019 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41B Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionComposite High Group. Pilot: Pettrini, 379th BG.
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
Completed MissionLead group. Crash landed at RAF Manston, Kent, due to major flak damage.
Sortie Report