B-17G 42-97941

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-97941
Name: MARION
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation, B-17G-40-VE, Natural Metal Finish
Squadron: 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Squadron ID Code: 545th-JD*D
Start Date: 4 June 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 36 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 18 November 1944. Salvaged: Damaged in a taxi accident 1944-11-17.
Related Documents:Accident Report # 44-11-16-527 (10.047 MB)
Photo Album: Aircraft 42-97941 Photo Album
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B-17G Aircraft 42-97941 Was Assigned To 48 Missions Manned by 384th BG Personnel,
Earning Combat Credit For 36 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
1318 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Completed Mission41C Wing, Low Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
13210 June 1944Target: Chateau Bougon Airfield (41A) & Vannes Airfield (41B)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nantes & Vannes, France
Completed Mission41B Group, Ground Spare Aircraft. Replaced 42‑32106.
Sortie Report
13312 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge 48°29'N,2°0'W
Type: Transportation
Location: La Vicomté-sur-Rance, France
Completed MissionHigh Group, High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
13514 June 1944Target: Coulommiers Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Coulommiers, France
Completed Mission41B Wing, High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
13615 June 1944Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Completed MissionHigh Group Lead.
Sortie Report
13818 June 1944Target: Ölwerke Julius Humbles
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
14221 June 1944Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Group Lead.
Sortie Report
14422 June 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Completed MissionLow group lead.
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14625 June 1944Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Completed MissionLow group lead, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
14828 June 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Juvincourt (Juvincourt-et-Damary), France
Spare, Unused 
1516 July 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Completed MissionLow group lead.
Sortie Report
1537 July 1944Target: Me-109 Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead, 41st B wing. Lost group in heavy clouds; tacked on to the low group of the 41st B wing and bombed with them.
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
Spare, Unused 
15713 July 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Unused 
15917 July 1944Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
16018 July 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde & Zinnowitz, Germany
Completed Mission41A Group, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
16220 July 1944Target: Aircraft Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Dessau, Germany
Spare, Unused 
16321 July 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑107125.
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16424 July 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Completed MissionLow group lead.
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16628 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
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16729 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh composite group lead, 41st D wing.
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16831 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Group Lead.
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1691 August 1944Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Completed MissionWing Lead.
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1703 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Spare, Unused 
1714 August 1944Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Spare, Unused 
1724 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Completed MissionHigh section lead.
Sortie Report
1735 August 1944Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
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1747 August 1944Target: Aircraft Fuel Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dugny (Paris), France
Spare, Unused 
1758 August 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Completed MissionWing deputy.
Sortie Report
1769 August 1944Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group deputy.
Sortie Report
17812 August 1944Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
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17913 August 1944Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Completed MissionWing lead.
Sortie Report
18116 August 1944Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead.
Sortie Report
--1 September 1944Ludwigshaven, Germany, RECALLEDSpare, Unused 
1885 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑97948. High group lead.
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19110 September 1944Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97521; see 42‑97521 for details. Returned with wounded aboard.
Sortie Report
19413 September 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
19517 September 1944Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Completed MissionC Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
19619 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
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19825 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionB Wing, low group lead. Did not bomb because unable to see wing lead release bombs.
Sortie Report
19926 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
20128 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2032 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. Assumed lead at IP for a Gee-H bombing run. The Gee-H equipment malfunctioned, so bombing was by PFF on the wing lead.
Sortie Report
2089 October 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionFirst Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
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2171 November 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship. Gee-H equipment failed before primary IP, so this aircraft was not able to lead the Squadron to attack the primary target.
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22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship; high Squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather; involved in an accident on the runway: Lt Green landed long and crashed into this aircraft.
Sortie Report