B-17G 44-8401

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 44-8401
Name: Not Known
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*X
Start Date: 5 November 1944. Transferred: received from 100th BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 20 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 8 April 1945. Transferred: Sent to the 303rd BG.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 44-8401
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B-17G Aircraft 44-8401 Was Assigned To 30 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 20 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
22410 November 1944Target: Ostheim Airfield & Butzweilerhof Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed Mission41D Squadron, Squadron Lead. PFF ship. Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Feathered #3 after flak hit oil cooler and we lost our oil.'
Sortie Report
22511 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionLead PFF Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 44‑8007. Lead Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; high Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
Sortie Report
22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; high Squadron lead, 41st C group.
Sortie Report
22823 November 1944Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead, A group.
Sortie Report
22925 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; landed away at Aldermaston.
Sortie Report
23330 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead.
Sortie Report
2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑8007.
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23912 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
24223 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. Landed away at Horham due to weather.
Sortie Report
24324 December 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Completed Mission13F Squadron Lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
24427 December 1944Target: Bridge (Tactical)
Type: Transportation
Location: Altenahr, Germany
AbortedLow Squadron lead. Aborted over base due to instrument failure; bombs jettisoned.
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24731 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2481 January 1945Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship. Waist Gunner hit by flak but was saved by flak suit. After unsuccessful runs on the primary and secondary PFF targets, this Squadron broke formation and returned to bomb the secondary PFF target by visual means.
Sortie Report
2515 January 1945Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Flight CompletedWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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25410 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Spare, Unused 
25515 January 1945Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Spare, Unused 
25617 January 1945Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship. Ordered to fly as division deputy while en route, due to failure of PFF equipment on lead aircraft. Led formation from IP (because lead Gee-H equipment also failed) in attack on secondary target using his PFF.
Sortie Report
25720 January 1945Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
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25922 January 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Completed MissionLead PFF ground spare; replaced 8221, which was taken by group lead when 8211 was scrubbed. Group deputy. Landed away at Woodbridge; flak damage caused prop to fall off during landing.
Sortie Report
29724 March 1945Target: Twente Enschede Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Completed Mission Sortie Report
30030 March 1945Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Spare, Unused 
3067 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Plant
Type: Military
Location: Hitzacker, Germany
Spare, Unused 
3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Spare, Unused 
30810 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
31014 April 1945Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Completed MissionCol. Milton, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
31115 April 1945Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Spare, Unused 
31216 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report