B-17G 42-97273

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-97273
Name: ACES & ATES
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 546th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: BK*F
Ground Crew Chief: Konzem, Hubert P
Start Date: 9 April 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 42 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 12 July 1944. Failed to return from combat operations.
Documents:Missing Air Crew Report: 7454
Missing Air Crew Report: 7568
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-97273

B-17G Aircraft 42-97273 Was Assigned To 51 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 42 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
--12 April 1944Schweinfurt, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
9018 April 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9119 April 1944Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9220 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑97320. This aircraft had inaccurate oil pressure transmitter.
Sortie Report
9322 April 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9525 April 1944Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
9727 April 1944Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
9627 April 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
9829 April 1944Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
991 May 1944Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
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 Mission Sortie Report
1028 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
--10 May 1944Ehrang, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHSqLd; High Grp A
Sortie Report
10511 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards.
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
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 MissionLow squadron deputy, low group 40th CBW.
Sortie Report
10919 May 1944Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
11121 May 1944Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, group A. Landed away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambridgeshire, on return.
Sortie Report
11222 May 1944Target: Warehouse District in the Dock Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11323 May 1944Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, high group, 41st B CBW.
Sortie Report
11424 May 1944Target: Unidentified Military Installations
Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
11525 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
11627 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
11728 May 1944Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
11929 May 1944Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
12030 May 1944Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
1222 June 1944Target: Gun Battery, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (5 miles S of Boulogne), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1243 June 1944Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Spare, Unused 
1254 June 1944Target: Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (Boulogne area), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1265 June 1944Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
1296 June 1944Target: Highway Choke Point in City of Caen
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1318 June 1944Target: Loire River Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes, France
Spare, Unused 
13312 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge 48°32'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead, low group. Landed away at RAF Stansted, Essex, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
13514 June 1944Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
13716 June 1944Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing.
Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead.
Sortie Report
14120 June 1944Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97178. Low squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionComposite high group lead.
Sortie Report
14322 June 1944Target: V-2 Storage & Launch Site
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
14524 June 1944Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑37974.
Sortie Report
14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
AbortedTurned back, reasons unknown.
Sortie Report
14930 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Spare, Unused 
1504 July 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux (Conches-en-Ouche), France
Completed MissionLow squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Completed MissionHigh section lead, low group.
Sortie Report
1537 July 1944Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed Mission,
some crew bailed out
High group, 41st A wing. Tailgunner bailed out during violent prop wash, apparently believing the aircraft was in trouble.
Sortie Report
15511 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
15612 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Failed to ReturnLow group. At 1325, immediately after bombs away, 4 parachutes appeared from plane which exploded a few thousand feet below the formation; flak damage, crashed in the area of Munich, Germany. MACR 7568
Sortie Report