B-17G 44-8221

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 44-8221
Name: Not Known
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*X
Start Date: 5 November 1944. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 19 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 9 May 1945. Transferred: Sent to the 305th BG.
Photo Album: No Photo Album For This Aircraft
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B-17G Aircraft 44-8221 Was Assigned To 25 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 19 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
23026 November 1944Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenbeken, Germany
Completed MissionPFF and Gee-H equipped aircraft. Loaned to the 91st BG for today's mission. Manned by 91st personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
Sortie Report
23127 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead: PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
23330 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Completed MissionGround Spare Aircraft, replaced 42‑97592. Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
2342 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2354 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Landed away at Boxted due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report
23811 December 1944Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead D Group. PFF & Gee-H ship. Because the group leader did not climb over clouds at French coast, this Squadron continued on its own to the IP and target, attacking by Gee-H.
Sortie Report
24018 December 1944Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Spare, Unused 
24119 December 1944Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Landed away at RAF Fairwood Common near Swansea, Wales.
Sortie Report
24324 December 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Completed Mission41C Group Lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
24427 December 1944Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
Spare, Unused 
24528 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
24731 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Completed MissionDivision lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led a normal Gee-H bombing run with the low Squadron releasing on the lead.
Sortie Report
2481 January 1945Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship. Followed group lead past primary target and started bomb run on secondary PFF target but was out of position. Returned for a second run and found the assigned MPI was obliterated by other bombs, they 'bombed the shops and yards at the western side' of the target area.
Sortie Report
2492 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. with Lt. Col William C Sipes of the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing as Air Commander. PFF & Gee-H ship. Gee-H failed prior to IP; turned over lead to high Squadron. Did not attack target because bombardier noticed, approaching the bomb release point (high Squadron leading), that they were a mile to the left of the target. Bombs were held with the intention of making another run, but the remainder of the group had dropped on the high Squadron leader.
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 MissionGroup deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship. Assumed group lead immediately upon departure of the group lead. PFF & Gee-H in this aircraft were inoperative, so Rice ordered low Squadron lead to take over (high Squadron lead was not reachable via radio) and returned to #2 position. Left formation after first attempted bomb run because oxygen system was shot away.
Sortie Report
25720 January 1945Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Spare, Unused 
25922 January 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Landed in Allied TerritoryGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship. Engine #3 ran away after the target; left the formation about 15 minutes before the Zuider Zee on the return trip. Major Hutchinson ordered the deputy to assume the lead. The mission folder lacks details, but it is known that this aircraft flew its next mission with the 384th on 7 April, and several of the crewmembers continued to fly with the Group.
Sortie Report
3067 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
30810 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Spare, Unused 
31115 April 1945Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Completed MissionGroup Deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report