B-17G 42-39784

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-39784
Name: CABIN IN THE SKY
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*J
Start Date: 2 November 1943. Transferred: received from 1 BAD, Burtonwood.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 13 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 8 February 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Photo Album: No Photo Album For This Aircraft
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B-17G Aircraft 42-39784 Was Assigned To 18 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 13 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
3726 November 1943Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3829 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
AbortedTurned back; couldn't find formation after taking off late, due to misunderstanding over low engine oil pressure.
Sortie Report
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDAborted Sortie Report
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5838.
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.
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 MissionBrought one bomb back due to bomb release malfunction.
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 MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37727.
Sortie Report
4730 December 1943Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionBriefed to fly in high squadron of composite group, flew #6 position with unidentified Group; landed away at Thurleigh due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
505 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed MissionBomb load included 'Nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to six 500-pound bombs.
Sortie Report
517 January 1944Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
AbortedFlying spare. Became 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 Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
5529 January 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
AbortedLead group. Turned back at 1007 hrs because #3 engine was throwing oil and caught fire.
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
Failed to ReturnLow squadron deputy. Turned back at 1048 hrs after first and only attack by enemy aircraft on our wing; jettisoned his bombs; crashed southeast of Cherbourg, France, possibly near near le Theil, France. MACR 2496
Sortie Report