B-17G 42-97178

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-97178
Name: SWEET MAMA
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: JD*N
Start Date: 16 March 1944. Transferred: received from the 96th BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 44 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 19 July 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Documents:Missing Air Crew Report: 7279
Local Webpage:Original version of the page for the Peterson Crew.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-97178

B-17G Aircraft 42-97178 Was Assigned To 54 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 44 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
8710 April 1944Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
8811 April 1944Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--12 April 1944Schweinfurt, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
8913 April 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
9220 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--21 April 1944Leuna, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9424 April 1944Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1004 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1017 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
1028 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1049 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
--10 May 1944Ehrang, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHigh Grp B
Sortie Report
10511 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
10612 May 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10713 May 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, low group, 40th CBW.
Sortie Report
10815 May 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10919 May 1944Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
11020 May 1944Target: Orly Airport
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11121 May 1944Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
AbortedHigh squadron deputy, group B.
Sortie Report
11323 May 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, high group, 41st A CBW.
Sortie Report
11424 May 1944Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
11627 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
11828 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11929 May 1944Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Completed Mission Sortie Report
12030 May 1944Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
12131 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Colmar, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1232 June 1944Target: Gun Battery, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Neufchatel (5 miles SE of Hardelot), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1243 June 1944Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1254 June 1944Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
1265 June 1944Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Vannes Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vannes, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
13312 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge 48°32'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed MissionLanded away at RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
13514 June 1944Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
13615 June 1944Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
13716 June 1944Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crépy, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
14019 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
14120 June 1944Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97273.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
14322 June 1944Target: V-2 Storage & Launch Site
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead.
Sortie Report
14524 June 1944Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑102430.
Sortie Report
14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, low group, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
14727 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Storage Depot)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Saint-Martin-L'Hortier, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, 41st A section.
Sortie Report
14930 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Spare, Unused 
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
15511 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
15612 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
15713 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, high group, 41st A wing. Landed away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Completed MissionHigh group.
Sortie Report
16018 July 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16119 July 1944Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Failed to ReturnLow group. Attacked by enemy aircraft immediately after bombs away; #1 engine caught fire and exploded in a puff of smoke; aircraft fell out of formation and started gliding down slowly; one enemy aircraft followed him down, firing; plane later exploded in mid-air; no chutes seen; crashed near Perchting, Germany. MACR 7279
Sortie Report