B-17G 42-37974

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-37974
Name: SECTION 8
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company
Squadron: 545th, 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: JD*O, SU*M
Start Date: 21 January 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 42 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 20 July 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-37974

B-17G Aircraft 42-37974 Was Assigned To 51 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 42 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
5529 January 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
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5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Completed MissionLow group low squadron lead.
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584 February 1944Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, high group, 41st B Combat Wing. Turned back at 1105 hrs because all four superchargers (electronic) were not giving the required pressure. Supporting documents indicate mission credit was awarded for this sortie.
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606 February 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, lead group.
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618 February 1944Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
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6211 February 1944Target: Propeller Factory (Foundry)
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy.
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6320 February 1944Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
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6421 February 1944Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, low group.
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6522 February 1944Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Aborted41A Group.
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6624 February 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron, lead group.
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6725 February 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group.
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6828 February 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Spare, Returned As Briefed 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
7516 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 1017 hrs because he was pulling excessive power settings, losing airspeed, stalled out at 115 MPH, and was unable to maintain position in formation.
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7922 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Flight CompletedWeather aircraft.
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9727 April 1944Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1004 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Unused 
1017 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1038 May 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37785.
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--10 May 1944Ehrang, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHigh Grp B
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10815 May 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10919 May 1944Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLead Group Flying Spare. Joined formation.
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11020 May 1944Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11323 May 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11424 May 1944Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group.
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11525 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Lead.
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11627 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97521. This crew took off in 42‑97521 but landed immediately because #3 engine was running rough.
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11828 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11929 May 1944Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Completed Mission Sortie Report
12030 May 1944Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1232 June 1944Target: Gun Battery, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1254 June 1944Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Spare, Completed MissionLead group flying spare; joined formation.
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1265 June 1944Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Completed MissionLow group.
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13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, high group, 41st B wing.
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14019 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41B Group.
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14120 June 1944Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
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14221 June 1944Target: Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionComposite high group. Pilot: Matoshko, 379th BG.
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14422 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
14524 June 1944Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42-97273. High squadron lead, high group, 41st A wing.
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14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Completed MissionAssigned to fly as the second section, high composite squadron, high group, 41st B' wing; unable to rendezvous with the assigned group, joined a formation of the 92nd BG and bombed with them.
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14727 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Storage Depot)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Saint-Martin-L'Hortier, France
Completed Mission41st A section.
Sortie Report
1504 July 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102459.
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1537 July 1944Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
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1548 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Spare, Completed MissionLow group flying spare; joined formation.
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15713 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Landed away at Knettishall, AAF Station 136, on return due to weather.
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15816 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
AbortedTurned back with oxygen system trouble.
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15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Completed MissionLead group.
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16018 July 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group.
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16119 July 1944Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16220 July 1944Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Failed to ReturnHigh group. At 1115 hrs aircraft dropped back and released bombs, apparently unable to keep up with formation; it was under attack by four ME109s and two FW190s; four chutes seen; the aircraft went down in a glide, apparently under control; crashed near Zetteritz, Germany. MACR 7278
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