B-17G 44-8008

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 44-8008
Name: Not Known
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*Y
Start Date: 13 August 1944. Transferred: received from the 385th BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 54 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 19 March 1945. Failed to return from combat operations.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 44-8008
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B-17G Aircraft 44-8008 Was Assigned To 62 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 54 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
18116 August 1944Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Spare, Unused 
18324 August 1944Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
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18630 August 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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1873 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. High Squadron lead.
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1885 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. Wing deputy.
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1898 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. Wing lead.
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1909 September 1944Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship. Wing deputy.
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19825 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionB Wing, low group deputy.
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19926 September 1944Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Completed MissionLow group lead. PFF ship. On bomb run was forced to maneuver out from under high group, and therefore had to make a second run. By that time the target was no longer visible, then the PFF equipment failed so the group dropped on the wing lead's smoke marker, with poor results.
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20027 September 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Spare, Unused 
20230 September 1944Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2043 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionDeputy lead. PFF ship.
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2055 October 1944Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2066 October 1944Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Spare, Unused 
2077 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
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2089 October 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup and wing lead. PFF ship.
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20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionThird Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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21014 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
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21115 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 MissionLow Squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-h equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led Squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
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21525 October 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship. Resumed lead on bomb run after deputy's Gee-H equipment failed. Led Squadron to attack secondary target using PFF.
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21630 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. PFF ship.
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2171 November 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship. Relinquished lead to deputy for the Gee-H bomb run on the primary: resumed lead for return to base.
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2182 November 1944Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship. Turned over lead to deputy for bomb run.
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2194 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; group lead.
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2205 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; group lead.
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2216 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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2228 November 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant (visual aim point)
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
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2239 November 1944Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Completed MissionDivision lead. PFF ship.
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22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; low Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
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22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; C group lead.
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22823 November 1944Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead, A group; PFF ship.
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22925 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF ship; landed away at Aldermaston, due to weather.
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2379 December 1944Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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23811 December 1944Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Spare, Unused 
23912 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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24018 December 1944Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because an inverter went out in the PFF equipment on the first run, they were forced to make a second PFF run which was completed without difficulty.
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24427 December 1944Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Completed MissionDivision lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. The Gee-H failed prior to the IP so a visual bomb run was attempted. The navigator and bombardier located the target too late to make a good run, so a second visual run was made and bombs were released on the primary target.
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2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 398th BG with Gee-H navigator; remaining unidentified crew provided by 398th BG. Bombed 398th assigned secondary target.
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--13 January 1945Completed MissionLoaned to the 305th Bomb Group for a mission. Crew provided by the 305th except as noted in the Sortie Report.
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25515 January 1945Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Ordered to bring his Squadron into the lead position when group leader aborted. Led group in a PFF attack on the secondary briefed target.
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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 MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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26229 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Siegen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2631 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLead Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8211. High Squadron lead; PFF ship. Captain Samson Fisher was a "Medical Observer."
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26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. Landed away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
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26819 February 1945Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionWing deputy; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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26920 February 1945Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27021 February 1945Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed MissionWing deputy; PFF ship.
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27122 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27223 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Plauen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27425 February 1945Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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27526 February 1945Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF ship.
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27627 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF ship.
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2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 305th BG for today's mission. Manned by 305th 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
Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship.
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2814 March 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 306th BG for today's mission. Manned by 306th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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2827 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2838 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship. Gee-H ship.
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28510 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Completed MissionWing deputy and lead Squadron hot camera ship; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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29219 March 1945Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Failed to Return41D Squadron, Squadron Deputy. Hot Camera ship. Last seen over Ostend on return, under control, and presumed to have landed away on the Continent. Aircraft and crew were lost, location uncertain. MACR 13566
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