B-17G 42-37789

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-37789
Name: Not Known
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*H
Start Date: 2 November 1943. Transferred: received from 1 BAD, Burtonwood.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 9 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 24 April 1944. Crashed: Left wing exploded while landing at base during maintenance check flight.
Documents:Accident Report: 44-04-24-523
Local Webpage:Photo Page From Original website
Remote Webpage:Video of Crash Wreckage
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-37789

B-17G Aircraft 42-37789 Was Assigned To 19 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 9 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
3726 November 1943Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Snetterton Heath.
Sortie Report
6320 February 1944Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant & Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Bernburg, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Bourn on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
6421 February 1944Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 1345 hrs due to runaway #2 supercharger.
Sortie Report
6725 February 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
6828 February 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron.
Sortie Report
692 March 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 1010 hrs when #2 supercharger ran away at altitude and could not be controlled until below 1,500'.
Sortie Report
703 March 1944Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
AbortedTurned back because #2 supercharger ran away.
Sortie Report
726 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
AbortedReturned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
738 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
7618 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
7719 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
7820 March 1944Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
7922 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionNOTE: The Loading List incorrectly identified the co-pilot as Sidney Bush.
Sortie Report
8023 March 1944Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
AbortedGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37885. Lead squadron, composite high group. Turned back at 0918 hrs because both inboard engines were pulling over 30 inches and running very rough; aircraft could not stay in formation.
Sortie Report
8226 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Grismont, Rebecques, France
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31346.
Sortie Report
869 April 1944Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9018 April 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
9424 April 1944Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37785.
Sortie Report
--24 April 1944Maintenance
(Non-Combat)
CrashedCrashed while landing from a maintenance check flight necessitated by the aircraft having been scrubbed from the day's mission.
Sortie Report