B-17F 42-5444

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-5444
Name: WE DOOD IT
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: JD*N
Squadron ID Code: 545th-JD*N
Start Date: 11 August 1943. Transferred: Received from the 403 AD, Langford Lodge..
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 24 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 30 January 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Related Documents:Missing Air Crew Report # 2263 (3.481 MB)
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-5444 Photo Album
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B-17F Aircraft 42-5444 Was Assigned To 34 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 24 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
1515 August 1943Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1616 August 1943Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1717 August 1943Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Earls Colne, AAF Station 358, on return.
Sortie Report
--24 August 1943Diversion
(Non-Combat)
Returned to Base Sortie Report
1827 August 1943Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--2 September 1943Vannes, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
203 September 1943Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
216 September 1943Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Deanland, East Sussex, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
227 September 1943Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
239 September 1943Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--21 September 1943Riems, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
--26 September 1943Nantes, France, RECALLEDReturned to BaseLSqLd
Sortie Report
272 October 1943Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑5086.
Sortie Report
284 October 1943Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
ScrubbedLanded 5 minutes after takeoff. Replaced AC with 41-24560.
Sortie Report
298 October 1943Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑24560.
Sortie Report
3110 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Kings Cliffe due to weather.
Sortie Report
3214 October 1943Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Spare, Unused 
3320 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
343 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--11 November 1943Wesel, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
3726 November 1943Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLow group, high Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
4316 December 1943Target: Port Area
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 MissionMaj. Ketelsen Flight Leader
Sortie Report
4831 December 1943Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Completed MissionGroup lead, because lead ship had to be replaced; Capt Frink transferred to this ship. Landed away at Kimbolton; bombs returned.
Sortie Report
494 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
505 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead.
Sortie Report
517 January 1944Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 1025 hrs due to runaway supercharger on #3 engine.
Sortie Report
5211 January 1944Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
5314 January 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
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
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Failed to ReturnLow group high Squadron. Last seen at 1146 hrs, six minutes before the IP, being attacked by FW 190s and began falling away from the formation where he burst into flames, but continued on and dropped bombs on target; three chutes seen to emerge; crashed near Oberkirchen, Germany. Casualties buried in Meinsen. MACR 2263
Sortie Report