B-17F 42-5849

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-5849
Name: HELL'S BELLES II
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation, B-17F-25-VE, Camouflage
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 547th-SO*N
Start Date: 1 April 1943. Original AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 11 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 16 September 1943. Failed to return from combat operations.
Related Documents:Missing Air Crew Report # 722 (20.367 MB)
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-5849 Photo Album
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B-17F Aircraft 42-5849 Was Assigned To 19 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 11 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
122 June 1943Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Completed Mission Sortie Report
428 June 1943Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3235.
Sortie Report
529 June 1943Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
AbortedTurned 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 MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑5838. Frink had taken off in 838, detected a short circuit that made the aircraft unusable for combat, and landed. It took him 20 minutes from landing to taking off again!
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 Mission Sortie Report
924 July 1943Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
--26 July 1943Hamburg, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
1128 July 1943Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1229 July 1943Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑3104.
Sortie Report
1330 July 1943Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Attlebridge, AAF Station 120, on return, reason unknown.
Sortie Report
1412 August 1943Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Scrubbed Sortie Report
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 MissionPilot and co-pilot wounded in legs by shrapnel.
Sortie Report
216 September 1943Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
AbortedReturned to station early after failure to draw more than 20 inches manifold pressure at 17,000 feet altitude.
Sortie Report
227 September 1943Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Completed Mission Sortie Report
239 September 1943Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
AbortedTurned back due to #2 engine failure.
Sortie Report
2416 September 1943Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Failed to ReturnShot down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Rennes, France; MACR 722.
Sortie Report