B-17G 43-38016

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 43-38016
Name: LORRAINE
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*R
Start Date: 23 July 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 66 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 7 November 1945. Istres: Moved with the Group to Istres/Le Tube, France.
Documents:Accident Report: 44-09-11-515
Accident Report: 44-12-02-525
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 43-38016

B-17G Aircraft 43-38016 Was Assigned To 87 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 66 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
16525 July 1944Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Le Châtel,
& La Chapelle en Juger, France
Completed MissionHigh group.
Sortie Report
16628 July 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
16831 July 1944Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Spare, Returned As BriefedLead group.
Sortie Report
1691 August 1944Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Completed MissionHigh group.
Sortie Report
1703 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Completed MissionJ group lead.
Sortie Report
1724 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Completed MissionLow section lead.
Sortie Report
17711 August 1944Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Completed MissionWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
18116 August 1944Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
18218 August 1944Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Completed MissionWing deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
18425 August 1944Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Completed MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
18526 August 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
19110 September 1944Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Completed MissionLead ground spare aircraft, replaced 43‑37713. High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
--11 September 1944Training
(Non-Combat)
Returned to BaseWhile taxiing on the perimeter track following a training flight, the left wing was slightly damaged when it hit a truck. No crew injuries were reported.
Sortie Report
19413 September 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
19825 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionC Wing, lead group.
Sortie Report
19926 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
20027 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
20128 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh group lead.
Sortie Report
2032 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to the 303rd BG for today's mission. Manned by 303rd personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2043 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 303rd BG for today's mission. Manned by 303rd personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2055 October 1944Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
2089 October 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionThird squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
21014 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Completed MissionLead squadron deputy. Gee-H and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
21115 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
21217 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
21318 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. 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
Spare, Unused 
21525 October 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionFourth squadron deputy. Gee-H equipment failed during assembly.
Sortie Report
2171 November 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2182 November 1944Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Gee-H equipment failed before IP. Attempted to follow low squadron, but they turned off the bomb run. Then tried to catch lead squadron, but were unable. Then led squadron to a visual attack on the briefed last resort target.
Sortie Report
22410 November 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Ostheim, Germany
AbortedGee-H ship; low squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing C group. Turned back over France due to material failure; jettisoned bombs in open field in France.
Sortie Report
22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Returned EarlyGee-H ship; lead squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing C group. The mission commander's narrative states: 'A/C 8016 (Pilot Gilbert) returned early due to engine failure. Bombs were jettisoned.' According to Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Five minutes before target, had a runaway prop and finally feathered it due to vibration. At 29,000 ft. we could not climb and lost our formation. Came back alone.'
Sortie Report
22823 November 1944Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy, A group; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
22925 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship; landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
23229 November 1944Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 44‑8216. took off with Gilbert Crew, but lost #2 engine.
Sortie Report
2342 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
--2 December 1944Ferrying
(Non-Combat)
CrashedAt the completion of a ferry flight, ran off end of runway while landing after dark. Aircraft damaged, but no personnel were injured.
Sortie Report
2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified.
Sortie Report
2379 December 1944Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
24018 December 1944Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 92nd BG for today's mission. Manned by 92nd personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
24119 December 1944Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Spare, Unused 
24223 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Horham due to weather.
Sortie Report
24324 December 1944Target: Airfield 6 Miles NE of Worms
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Worms, Germany
Completed MissionTook off from Horham. Diverted to Sudbury on return due to inclement weather.
Sortie Report
24427 December 1944Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Completed MissionLead Gee-H ground spare aircraft. Replaced 42‑97824. Low squadron deputy. Assumed squadron lead after leader aborted. Led Gee-H bomb run with visual assist on primary target.
Sortie Report
24528 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
24630 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
ScrubbedLoaned to the 91st BG for today's mission. Manned by 91st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
24731 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Led high squadron on a normal Gee-H bombing run.
Sortie Report
2481 January 1945Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2492 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
2515 January 1945Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to the 401st BG with 384th Gee-H navigator; remainder of unidentified crew provided by the 401st.
Sortie Report
2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 92nd BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 92nd BG. Bombed 92nd assigned primary target.
Sortie Report
25410 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 92nd BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 92nd BG. Attacked assigned 92nd BG primary target.
Sortie Report
25617 January 1945Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
25720 January 1945Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy; Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
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 MissionLow squadron lead; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead.
Sortie Report
26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Did Not Take OffDid not take off because bad weather halted flight operations.
Sortie Report
--17 February 1945Mannheim, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseLSq Deputy
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
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.
Sortie Report
27526 February 1945Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLead squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead; Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2792 March 1945Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron hot camera ship.
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 MissionLoaned to the 305th BG for today's mission. Manned by 305th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2838 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 92nd BG for today's mission. Manned by 92nd BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
2849 March 1945Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 351st BG for today's mission. Manned by 351st BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
28510 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to the 351st BG for today's mission. Manned by 351st BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
28712 March 1945Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
28814 March 1945Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified in mission documents.
Sortie Report
29219 March 1945Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 44‑6898, which was taken by group deputy.
Sortie Report
29422 March 1945Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Completed MissionReplaced by ground spare aircraft 44‑8679. Gee-H ship; loaned to the 306th BG without crew.
Sortie Report
29523 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Spare, Unused 
29624 March 1945Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 305th BG for today's mission. Manned by 305th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
--25 March 1945Lutzkendorf, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseFred P. Gray
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 MissionLow squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at Eye, on return, due to unspecified engine trouble.
Sortie Report
3045 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
AbortedTurned back after #4 prop sheared off.
Sortie Report
30810 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron.
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
Completed Mission Sortie Report