B-17F 42-5838

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-5838
Name: MAD MONEY II
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*P
Start Date: 29 May 1943. Original AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 23 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 4 January 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Local Webpage:B 17F 42-5838 crash landed on Asnaes on 4/1 1944
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B-17F Aircraft 42-5838 Was Assigned To 34 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 23 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
428 June 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
529 June 1943Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
64 July 1943Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑5849.
Sortie Report
--9 July 1943Abbeville, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
710 July 1943Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
814 July 1943Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑5848.
Sortie Report
--24 August 1943Diversion
(Non-Combat)
Spare, Unused 
1827 August 1943Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
--30 August 1943Achiet-le-Grand, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
1931 August 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, 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 MissionLow squadron lead
Sortie Report
216 September 1943Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Hornchurch, Essex, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
239 September 1943Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville & Vitry-en-Artois, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2416 September 1943Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
--21 September 1943Riems, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
2523 September 1943Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
284 October 1943Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
3320 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
343 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Completed MissionSquadron of composite group lead.
Sortie Report
355 November 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; deputy flight lead.
Sortie Report
--11 November 1943Wesel, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
--13 November 1943Bremen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseLdSqLd
Sortie Report
3616 November 1943Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Completed MissionDivision lead. Salvoed bombs near target (faulty bomb release mechanism).
Sortie Report
3726 November 1943Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
3829 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseFailed to contact wing
Sortie Report
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑39784.
Sortie Report
405 December 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Returned to BaseFlying spare; joined formation for duration of mission.
Sortie Report
4111 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Returned to BaseGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37848. Because of the delay in changing ships, unable to locate formation.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
Sortie Report
4420 December 1943Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionCapt. Frink lead squadron leader.
Sortie Report
4522 December 1943Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead
Sortie Report
494 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Failed to ReturnLow squadron lead. MIA. Damaged by enemy aircraft, crashed near Kalundborg, Denmark; MACR 1483. For details, see A Dying Breed by Neal B. Dillon.
Sortie Report