B-17G 42-97521

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-97521
Name: THE SAINT
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: JD*H
Start Date: 10 February 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 53 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 28 January 1945. Salvaged: Damaged in forced landing on continent, 1945-01-10.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-97521
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B-17G Aircraft 42-97521 Was Assigned To 69 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 53 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
6320 February 1944Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Aborted41A Group. Turned back; #1 engine out, landing gear failed to retract.
Sortie Report
7516 March 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
AbortedTurned back at 0955 hrs because #3 & #4 engines failed; #1 oil cooler was leaking very badly and the lead was off of sparkplug of #7 cylinder, #2 engine.
Sortie Report
8327 March 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Completed Mission94 Group.
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 MissionDid not atack target due to malfunction of bomb bay doors, and mechanical difficulty with release mechanism; jettisoned 7x1000# GP bombs 2 minutes before target and 1x1000# GP shortly after target.
Sortie Report
9829 April 1944Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
991 May 1944Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Spare, Unused 
1017 May 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group. Ground spare; replaced 42‑102442.
Sortie Report
1038 May 1944Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10612 May 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
10713 May 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Completed Mission Sortie Report
10815 May 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Spare, Unused 
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
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
11121 May 1944Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Returned to BaseGroup B Flying Spare. Joined formation.
Sortie Report
11627 May 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
ScrubbedLanded immediately after taking off because #3 engine was running rough. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑37974.
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
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102442.
Sortie Report
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 Group.
Sortie Report
1276 June 1944Target: Rocket Gun Installation
Type: Military
Location: 'Meuvaines' (actually, 1.3 miles SE of Crépon), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1307 June 1944Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1318 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Completed Mission41C Wing, Low Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Completed Mission41B 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
Spare, Unused 
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 Mission41A Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
14019 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41A Group
Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41B Group.
Sortie Report
14120 June 1944Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107057.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group.
Sortie Report
14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
14930 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Montdidier, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
1537 July 1944Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97072.
Sortie Report
1548 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Completed MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
15511 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Unused 
15612 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
15713 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group.
Sortie Report
15816 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Unused 
15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Spare, Unused 
16018 July 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group, Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare aircraft, replaced 42‑107224.
Sortie Report
16119 July 1944Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
18425 August 1944Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
18526 August 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
18630 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Spare, Completed MissionLow Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
--1 September 1944Ludwigshaven, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
1873 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1885 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102430.
Sortie Report
1898 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
1909 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19110 September 1944Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLead Squadron flying spare; joined formation. The Brodie crew may have been originally assigned to fly 42‑97309, and was forced to switch aircraft for unknown reasons. Apparently they were told to go to Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑37971, but that had already been assigned to Johnstone. Again for unknown reasons, the Chadwick Crew was told to move to lead Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑37971, and turn over 42‑97521 to the Brodie Crew.
Sortie Report
19413 September 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19825 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19926 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionLow group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
20027 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
20230 September 1944Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2043 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
2055 October 1944Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
2066 October 1944Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Spare, Completed MissionFlying spare; joined A group.
Sortie Report
2077 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionHot camera ship.
Sortie Report
21115 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
21217 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
21318 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Landed in Allied TerritoryHigh Squadron. Soon after bombs away, this aircraft started to drop back from formation under control, and continued to drop back until out of sight; returned to base and resumed combat missions after seven weeks.
Sortie Report
2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
25410 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Landed in Allied TerritoryLow Squadron. Left formation at Channel on return; force-landed on continent; aircraft salvaged.
Sortie Report