B-17G 42-97824

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-97824
Name: Not Known
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*U
Start Date: 10 May 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 87 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 24 May 1944. Transferred: Sent to the 401st BG.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-97824
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B-17G Aircraft 42-97824 Was Assigned To 110 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 87 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
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 MissionLow Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
--7 June 1944Completed MissionPer 544th Sqn History: 'Capt. Sammons and his crew flew with the 401st Group in a mission in the afternoon' (microfilm A0640-01452). Loading list does not provide a name for the tail gun position.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Completed MissionCapt. Sammons and his crew flew with the 401st Bomb Group on a mission in the afternoon.
Sortie Report
--11 June 1944AirfieldCompleted MissionCapt. Sammons and his crew flew a mission with the 92nd BG of the 40th Bomb Wing on this date. The loading list for this crew does not include a tail gunner. This record is included here to ensure all available mission data is available for the personnel involved.
Sortie Report
13312 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Completed MissionLow Group Lead.
Sortie Report
13413 June 1944Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Completed MissionLead Group, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
13514 June 1944Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Completed Mission41D Group, Group Lead. Lead Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97960.
Sortie Report
13716 June 1944Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Completed MissionLead Group, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
14019 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
13919 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Completed Mission41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Unused 
14422 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Completed MissionWing lead.
Sortie Report
14322 June 1944Target: V-2 Storage & Launch Site
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
--23 June 1944Completed MissionThe 384th BG loaned the aircraft and limited crew; remaining crew members from the 401st BG.
Sortie Report
14727 June 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Storage Depot)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Saint-Martin-L'Hortier, France
Completed MissionGroup lead, 41st B section. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
14828 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Completed MissionHigh group lead, 41st B wing. Landed away at Boxted, AAF Station 150, on return due to weather.
Sortie Report
1548 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Renescure, France
Completed MissionLow group lead.
Sortie Report
15511 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
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15713 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Completed MissionWing lead. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, due to battle damage.
Sortie Report
18218 August 1944Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Completed MissionWing lead.
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18324 August 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
18425 August 1944Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
Sortie Report
18526 August 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
18630 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
1898 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
1909 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Spare, Unused 
19110 September 1944Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
19211 September 1944Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf & Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group, Group Lead.
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19312 September 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Brüx, Czechoslovakia
Spare, Unused 
19413 September 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
2032 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2055 October 1944Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Spare, Unused 
21014 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H and hot camera ship. Assumed lead after Hines/Hulcher aborted.
Sortie Report
21318 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Relinquished lead to deputy on bomb run after Gee-H equipment failed.
Sortie Report
21419 October 1944Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron, Group Deputy. Gee-H ship. Took over at IP and led Squadron on bomb run.
Sortie Report
21525 October 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. Gee-H ship. Gee-H equipment failed on the bomb run, so group lead resumed control.
Sortie Report
21630 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2171 November 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship. Took over lead and led Squadron in Gee-H attack on primary.
Sortie Report
2182 November 1944Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship (no Gee-H navigator assigned for this mission).
Sortie Report
2194 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship; low Squadron deputy. Took lead for bomb run and bombing with Gee-H.
Sortie Report
2216 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy. Led Squadron on bomb run (two bomb runs).
Sortie Report
22410 November 1944Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed Mission41D Squadron, Squadron Deputy. Gee-H ship. 544th loading list has 'Lt. Toelhman (303rd B. Gp)' listed as GH Navigator.
Sortie Report
22511 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
AbortedGee-H ship; lead Squadron deputy; turned back at Dutch coast due to runaway prop; shaft snapped on return flight; engine burst into flames on landing; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship; aircraft flew with the 381st BG at Ridgewell, as deputy group lead.
Sortie Report
22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
ScrubbedGee-H ship. Replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑97309, possibly after taking off and returning.
Sortie Report
22823 November 1944Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy, A group; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
23026 November 1944Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H equipped aircraft. Loaned to the 91st BG for today's mission. Manned by 91st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2342 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Unable to determine if any aircraft were below his Squadron on the first bomb run, he elected to make a second run, which was successful. This meant the Squadron had to return to base without the protection of the bomber stream.
Sortie Report
2354 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 398th BG for today's mission. Manned by 398th personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship (but no Gee-H navigator on this mission).
Sortie Report
23811 December 1944Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy, B Group. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
23912 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
24119 December 1944Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report. Landed away at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex.
Sortie Report
24427 December 1944Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑38016.
Sortie Report
24528 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 351st BG for today's mission. Manned by 351st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
AbortedGee-H ship. Loaned to the 306th BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 306th BG.
Sortie Report
25617 January 1945Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Assumed Squadron lead when low Squadron leader was ordered to fly in lead Squadron.
Sortie Report
25720 January 1945Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Gee-H aircraft 42‑107125, which was originally assigned to Cook, low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
25821 January 1945Target: Marshalling Yard
Type: Transportation
Location: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
25922 January 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 457th BG for today's mission. Manned by 457th personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2631 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--7 February 1945Essen/Bottrop, Germany, RECALLEDScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑32106
Sortie Report
2659 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Spare, Unused 
26614 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
AbortedTurned back due to a runaway propellor.
Sortie Report
26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
Sortie Report
26819 February 1945Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
26920 February 1945Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
27021 February 1945Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
27122 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
27223 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
AbortedTurned back due to a broken oil lne.
Sortie Report
27324 February 1945Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
27425 February 1945Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron.
Sortie Report
2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
AbortedTurned back due to #2 engine failure.
Sortie Report
2803 March 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2814 March 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2827 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
Sortie Report
2838 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2849 March 1945Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
28510 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
28611 March 1945Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
28915 March 1945Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Spare, Returned As BriefedHigh Squadron.
Sortie Report
29017 March 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
29118 March 1945Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionReturned with #3 feathered.
Sortie Report
29219 March 1945Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Scrubbed41D Squadron. Replaced by Ground Spare aircraft 43‑37843.
Sortie Report
29320 March 1945Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
29422 March 1945Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
29523 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
29724 March 1945Target: Twente Enschede Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Completed Mission Sortie Report
29624 March 1945Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Spare, Unused 
--25 March 1945Lutzkendorf, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
29826 March 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
29928 March 1945Target: Berlin/Spandau Motor Transport Works
Type: Industry
Location: Spandau (Berlin), Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
30030 March 1945Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
30131 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3023 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3045 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Spare, Unused 
3056 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionAircraft suffered major damage from fighter attacks.
Sortie Report
3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
AbortedLow Squadron hot camera ship. Turned back due to #1 engine failure; jettisoned bombs in Channel
Sortie Report
31115 April 1945Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Spare, Unused 
31216 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31317 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31419 April 1945Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Spare, Unused 
--23 April 1945Training
(Non-Combat)
Flight Completed Sortie Report
31625 April 1945Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Completed MissionLow Squadron Hot Camera ship. Landed away at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, on return with hydraulics out due to battle damage.
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