B-17G 42-37982

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-37982
Name: TREMBLING GREMLIN
Manufacturer: Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*K
Start Date: 21 January 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 61 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 19 September 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Comments: Appearing in many documents as "THE TREMBLIN' GREMLIN" photos of this aircraft showing the name painted on the co-pilot's (right) side of the nose all depict the name as "TREMBLING GREMLIN". It should be noted that aircraft names were unofficial: they were not approved or registered, and only appeared in reports and personal accounts as secondary identification.
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Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-37982
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B-17G Aircraft 42-37982 Was Assigned To 73 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 61 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.
Sortie Report
5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
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 the oil pressure in #3 engine dropped, causing severe vibration; could not feather prop.
Sortie Report
714 March 1944Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
726 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
738 March 1944Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
749 March 1944Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
7516 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
7618 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron, high composite group.
Sortie Report
7719 March 1944Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionForced out of formation after first bomb run due to loss of #4 engine; did not bomb.
Sortie Report
8124 March 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
869 April 1944Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Halesworth, Suffolk, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
9018 April 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed Mission 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, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
--21 April 1944Leuna, Germany, RECALLEDSpare, Unused 
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
9525 April 1944Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
9627 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
991 May 1944Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Completed MissionWent over target but did not release bombs because of 9/10th haze and undercast.
Sortie Report
1004 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑31235.
Sortie Report
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
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10612 May 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10815 May 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
10919 May 1944Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLead Group. Landed away at RAF Oulton, Norfolk, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
11121 May 1944Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Returned to BaseGroup B Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
11323 May 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Spare, Returned As Briefed41A Group Flying Spare.
Sortie Report
11424 May 1944Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLead Group.
Sortie Report
11525 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
11627 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group.
Sortie Report
11828 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying Spare Aircraft. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
11929 May 1944Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1232 June 1944Target: Four Medium Howitzer Batteries, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Completed MissionLow Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
1254 June 1944Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1265 June 1944Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Completed MissionHigh Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
1286 June 1944Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Completed MissionL Squadron.
Sortie Report
1307 June 1944Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Completed MissionLow Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
1318 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Completed Mission41C Wing, High Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Completed Mission41B Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
13312 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed MissionLanded away at Kings Cliffe, AAF Station 367, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
13514 June 1944Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Completed Mission41B Wing, Low Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed Mission41B Group.
Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionComposite High Group.
Sortie Report
14422 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, low group, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
14828 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Landed away at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return due to weather.
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
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
1537 July 1944Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
AbortedHigh Squadron deputy, high group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
Sortie Report
1548 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Spare, Unused 
15511 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
15612 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
15816 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Unused 
15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Spare, Unused 
16018 July 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
16119 July 1944Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Completed MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
16220 July 1944Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Spare, Unused 
16321 July 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
AbortedLead group. Turned back over England because he could not locate formation after taking off late - navigator had overslept, and in his report stated he had difficulty performing navigation tasks.
Sortie Report
16424 July 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
16628 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16729 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16831 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1691 August 1944Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Completed MissionHigh Group.
Sortie Report
1724 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Completed MissionThis aircraft carried delayed-action bombs which were jettisoned in the Channel.
Sortie Report
1735 August 1944Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Completed MissionA flak shell exploded beside the nose of "Tremblin Gremlin" on the bomb run. "I'm hit" said the bombardier, 1st Lt. Marvin Fryden, but he remained at his bombsight until bombs-away, then collapsed. He had been hit in the chest, and subsequently died of his wounds. Schwery (pilot) and Seeley (TT) were also wounded, and the plane was severely damaged, barely making it back to England to land at Halesworth, AAF Station 365, on two engines, with no brakes, and many flak holes.
Sortie Report
1898 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19413 September 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑37713.
Sortie Report
19517 September 1944Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Completed MissionF Squadron.
Sortie Report
19619 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Landed in Allied TerritoryLead Squadron flying spare; joined formation; aircraft struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target, left formation, apparently under control; crew bailed out over Binche, Bel.; all crew returned to duty except ball turret gunner and tail gunner who were seriously injured.
Sortie Report