B-17F 42-5843

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-5843
Name: BLACK GHOST
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*S
Start Date: 1 April 1943. Original AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 12 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 6 September 1943. Failed to return from combat operations.
Documents:Missing Air Crew Report: 1455
Escape & Evasion Report: 220
Escape & Evasion Report: 270
Escape & Evasion Report: 221
Escape & Evasion Report: 168
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-5843

B-17F Aircraft 42-5843 Was Assigned To 20 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 12 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 MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
529 June 1943Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
AbortedLow squadron lead. Turned back due to #1 engine failure.
Sortie Report
64 July 1943Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--9 July 1943Abbeville, France, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHSqLd
Sortie Report
710 July 1943Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, group deputy.
Sortie Report
814 July 1943Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Spare, Unused 
924 July 1943Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--26 July 1943Hamburg, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHSqLd
Sortie Report
1229 July 1943Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed MissionGround spare airceaft; replaced 42‑3259. Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
1515 August 1943Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Completed MissionLead squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
1616 August 1943Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
1717 August 1943Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
--19 August 1943Gilze-Rijn, Holland, RECALLEDReturned to BaseLdSqLd
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 MissionHigh squadron lead.
Sortie Report
--30 August 1943Achiet-le-Grand, France, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHSqLd
Sortie Report
1931 August 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead.
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 MissionHigh squadron lead. A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew.
Sortie Report
216 September 1943Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Failed to ReturnShot down by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455.
Sortie Report