B-17G 42-37885

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-37885
Name: MRS. F.D.R. / FROSTIE
This aircraft bore the name "MRS. F.D.R." while with the 544th, and "FROSTIE" while with the 545th.
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company
Squadron: 544th, 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*L, JD*D
Start Date: 22 November 1943. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 20 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 24 April 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Documents:Missing Air Crew Report: 4287
Comments: Transferred from the 544th to the 545th in early April 1944.
Local Webpage:Original version of the page for this aircraft.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-37885

B-17G Aircraft 42-37885 Was Assigned To 33 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 20 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Returned EarlyFlying Spare; joined formation; turned back over enemy territory due to a cracked cylinder head on #4 engine.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
4316 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Spare, Returned As Briefed 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
Completed Mission 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
AbortedComposite Squadron; aborted because pilot's oxygen system was out of order; 42x65 M47A1s rtd
Sortie Report
4831 December 1943Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
ScrubbedReplaced by ??????. Excessive RPM drop on magneto check. Scheduled to lead the Group with Capt Frink as Air Commander; Frink transferred to the Price ship.
Sortie Report
494 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
ScrubbedApparently did not take off due to 'technical failures.' Bomb load was 'Nickles' (propaganda leaflets).
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
5421 January 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--24 January 1944Frankfurt am Main, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseA Grp
Sortie Report
5529 January 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
AbortedLead group. Turned back over Lutterworth at 0922 hrs due to drop in pressure in oxygen system from 375 lbs to 225 lbs.
Sortie Report
573 February 1944Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
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 MissionCarried 24 parcels of G-25 nickles (propaganda leaflets) plus 6x500GP bombs; all dropped on target.
Sortie Report
6211 February 1944Target: Propeller Factory (Foundry)
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
6320 February 1944Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
AbortedTurned back; waist gunner's heated suit failed.
Sortie Report
6522 February 1944Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Aborted Sortie Report
6624 February 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionLead squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
6725 February 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31211.
Sortie Report
692 March 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
703 March 1944Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
AbortedTurned back because oil pressure dropped on #3 engine, requiring it to be feathered immediately.
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 Mission Sortie Report
8023 March 1944Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37789.
Sortie Report
8124 March 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
8327 March 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
8428 March 1944Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Spare, Unused 
--12 April 1944Schweinfurt, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseListed as 785 on formation chart, prob 7885.
Sortie Report
9424 April 1944Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Failed to ReturnThough not observed leaving formation, this aircraft made a forced landing at Dubendorf, Switzerland. MACR 4287
Sortie Report