B-17G 43-38800

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 43-38800
Name: BUSY BUZZARD
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*K
Start Date: 6 October 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 60 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 31 October 1945. Salvaged.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 43-38800
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B-17G Aircraft 43-38800 Was Assigned To 73 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 60 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
2171 November 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2182 November 1944Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron.
Sortie Report
2194 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
Sortie Report
2205 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102500.
Sortie Report
2216 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2228 November 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
22511 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLead Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionHot camera ship; lead Squadron, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Landed away at Tilstock, due to weather.
Sortie Report
22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
22823 November 1944Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Spare, Unused 
22925 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
Sortie Report
23127 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Completed MissionHot camera ship.
Sortie Report
23330 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Completed Mission,
some crew bailed out
First Lt. Gene Goodrick awarded Silver Star, Owens p. 200; MACR 11111 covers crewmembers that departed aircraft.
Sortie Report
2379 December 1944Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy and lead Squadron hot camera ship. Assumed lead after the lead aaircraft developed engine trouble and cound not keep up with formation.
Sortie Report
23811 December 1944Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron, D Group.
Sortie Report
23912 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
24018 December 1944Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
24324 December 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Spare, Unused 
24528 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
24630 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
24731 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
2481 January 1945Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
2492 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy.
Sortie Report
2503 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Completed MissionHigh Squadron.
Sortie Report
2515 January 1945Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron deputy.
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
Completed Mission Sortie Report
25515 January 1945Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑38752, then repaired and listed as a Ground Spare Aircraft.
Sortie Report
25617 January 1945Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
25720 January 1945Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionOne of only three aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood.
Sortie Report
26023 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2631 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--7 February 1945Essen/Bottrop, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
2659 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
26614 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by 43‑38062, which had been assigned to Hoppen Crew. Did not take off because bad weather halted flight operations.
Sortie Report
--17 February 1945Mannheim, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
26819 February 1945Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
26920 February 1945Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
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
Completed Mission Sortie Report
27223 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Wormingford Airfield, AAF Station 159.
Sortie Report
27425 February 1945Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
27526 February 1945Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
ScrubbedGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107125 but was unable to take off because of a bad tire.
Sortie Report
27627 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron. [ N.B. Actual positions: Ball Turret - George Cramer; Tail Gunner - Joseph Britton; Flexible (Waist) Gunner - George Lesko. Per George Cramer, January 2014. ]
Sortie Report
2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
2849 March 1945Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
28510 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
28611 March 1945Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
28712 March 1945Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
28814 March 1945Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
28915 March 1945Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 43‑32106.
Sortie Report
29219 March 1945Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed Mission41C Group. Landed away at RAF Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire, on return due to low fuel; crew remained at Little Horwood overnight.
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
AbortedBradford returned to base with one engine feathered, transferred to 42‑102518, and took off again.
Sortie Report
29724 March 1945Target: Twente Enschede Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--25 March 1945Lutzkendorf, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base 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 MissionHot camera ship.
Sortie Report
3023 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
3034 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fassberg, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLow Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionLow Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
30810 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31014 April 1945Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31115 April 1945Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31216 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionHigh Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
31317 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--23 April 1945Training
(Non-Combat)
Flight CompletedHSq Flying Spare.
Sortie Report