B-17F 42-3259

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-3259
Name: SNAFU / ALABAMA WHIRLWIND
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company
Squadron: 546th,545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 546th-BK*N
545th-JD*T
Squadron ID Code: 546th-BK*N (through 1943-08-12)
545th-JD*T (through 1944-02-25)
Ground Crew Chief: Konzem, Hubert P
Start Date: 16 July 1943. Transferred: received from the 94th BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 21 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 1 March 1944. Transferred: Sent to 2 SAD, Little Staughton.
Comments: This aircraft transferred from the 546th to the 545th between 12 August 1943 and 6 September, changing its squadron code from BK*N to JD*T in the process. This transfer followed extensive damage incurred on the 12 August mission.
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-3259 Photo Album
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B-17F Aircraft 42-3259 Was Assigned To 34 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 21 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
1025 July 1943Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--26 July 1943Hamburg, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
1128 July 1943Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1229 July 1943Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑5843.
Sortie Report
1330 July 1943Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3216.
Sortie Report
1412 August 1943Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionOn return, landed away at Framlingham, AAF Station 153, with one wounded. Engines #1 & #3 damaged by 20mm shell, many flak holes in ship.
Sortie Report
298 October 1943Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3110 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Aborted Sortie Report
--13 October 1943Emden, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
3320 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--30 October 1943Gelsenkirchen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
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
AbortedTurned back, #3 engine failure.
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
AbortedHigh Squadron lead; Ground Spare Aircraft (545th BS), replaced 42‑3441; turned back due to pilot illness.
Sortie Report
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base 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 Mission Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLow group, low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
4624 December 1943Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
4730 December 1943Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Gatwick with #4 engine out; bombed target; sent to 2 Strategic Air Depot at Little Staughton for repair.
Sortie Report
5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
AbortedLow group. Turned back at 0945 hrs because throttle linkage was broken on #1 and prop had to be feathered; generators on other engines out also.
Sortie Report
573 February 1944Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
AbortedLead Group. Turned back at 1008 hrs
Sortie Report
584 February 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
595 February 1944Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Completed Mission 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 MissionLead Squadron. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
6320 February 1944Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
6421 February 1944Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
6624 February 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
6725 February 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Completed Mission41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
Sortie Report