B-17G 44-8007

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 44-8007
Name: SCREAMING EAGLE
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 545th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: JD*Z
Start Date: 3 August 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 51 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 9 May 1945. Transferred: Sent to the 305th BG.
Comments: 44-8007 was equipped with a PFF (RADAR) system in place of the Ball Turret. Therefore, it did not have a Ball Turret Gunner assigned on any missions.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 44-8007

B-17G Aircraft 44-8007 Was Assigned To 70 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 51 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
1769 August 1944Target: Erding Airdrome & Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Erding, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship. Lt. Col. Calhoun aboard as Wing Commander (possibly from 41st CBW HQ).
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18116 August 1944Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
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18324 August 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
18425 August 1944Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Completed MissionWing deputy. PFF ship.
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18526 August 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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--1 September 1944Ludwigshaven, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
1873 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. Wing lead.
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1885 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. Wing lead.
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1898 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 MissionPFF ship; wing lead. Air commander is Lt. Col. Calhoun Wing Leader, 41st CBW HQ.
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19619 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; wing lead.
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19721 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
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19825 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed Mission41st CBW C Wing lead. PFF ship.
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19926 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship, wing lead.
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20027 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
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20128 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Landed in Allied TerritoryWing lead. PFF ship. Landed away in Brussels due to flak damage.
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2077 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. PFF ship.
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2089 October 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Spare, Unused 
20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionSecond squadron lead. PFF ship. While on the bomb run to attack the primary target using Gee-H, with the deputy in the lead, the equipment failed. The squadron then proceeded to the secondary target and attacked using PFF.
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21115 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. PFF ship.
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21217 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
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21318 October 1944Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-H equipment failed; completed attack on primary target.
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21419 October 1944Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship. Turned over lead to deputy at IP to attack using Gee-H.
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21525 October 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF ship. Since deputy's Gee-H equipment failed prior to IP, led the squadron to attack the secondary using PFF.
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21630 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
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2194 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; low squadron lead.
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2205 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2216 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Spare, Unused 
2228 November 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
22410 November 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Ostheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead, 41st Bomb Wing C group.
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22511 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 44‑8401.
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22925 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; PFF ship; landed at Grafton Underwood.
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23127 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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23229 November 1944Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
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2342 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Completed MissionDivision lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2354 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2379 December 1944Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. Feathered #3 engine bout 3 minutes after bombs away; relinquished lead to deputy and returned to base alone.
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23811 December 1944Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead, B Group. PFF & Gee-H ship. Dropped bombs using PFF.
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23912 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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24018 December 1944Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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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 Predannack, Wales.
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24528 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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2503 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. Gee-H ship. After taking interval at the IP, Gee-H equipment failed: therefore, the high squadron did not attack.
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2515 January 1945Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft. Co-pilot identified only as 'Hicks' - Kenneth Delmont Hicks is most likely as the aircraft, pilot, and 'Hicks', are all from the 545th BS. remainder of crew (RO, Eng) not identified
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2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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25410 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 401st BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 401st BG. Attacked assigned 401st BG primary target.
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25515 January 1945Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Returned EarlyGroup lead. PFF ship. Aborted 30 minutes prior to IP due to mechanical problems. Ordered low squadron into lead before departing. Bombed a target of opportunity (TOO) during return.
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25922 January 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG for today's mission. Manned by 401st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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26128 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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26229 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Siegen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 43‑39053.
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2631 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy: PFF and Gee-H ship.
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--7 February 1945Essen/Bottrop, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseCol. Milton LdSqLd
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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
Completed MissionWing deputy; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF and Gee-H ship. Only aircraft to land at Grafton Underwood after the mission.
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27223 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27425 February 1945Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 306th BG for today's mission. Manned by 306th personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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2792 March 1945Target: Low Temperature Carbonization Plant and Refinery of Deutsche Petroleum A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Rositz, Germany
Returned to BaseCrew on Artillery Spotting
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3067 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Completed MissionGround spare aircraft; replaced 44‑8679.
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3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft.
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30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
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31317 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Spare, Unused 
--23 April 1945Training
(Non-Combat)
Returned to BaseLdSq Deputy
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31625 April 1945Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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