B-17G 44-8541

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 44-8541
Name: BUCKEYE BELLE
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 546th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: BK*Y
Ground Crew Chief: Stachon, John J
Start Date: 19 January 1945. New Replacement AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 23 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 9 May 1945. Transferred: Sent to the 305th BG.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 44-8541
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B-17G Aircraft 44-8541 Was Assigned To 29 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 23 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
26715 February 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Bassingbourn Airfield, AAF Station 121.
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26819 February 1945Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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27425 February 1945Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; Gee-H ship.
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27526 February 1945Target: Schlesicher Railroad Station (Bahnhof)
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow Squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27627 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Wahren (Leipzig area), Germany
Spare, Unused 
27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2814 March 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2838 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2849 March 1945Target: Henschel Tank and Locomotive Works
Type: Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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28611 March 1945Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy; PFF ship; lead Squadron hot camera ship.
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28712 March 1945Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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29017 March 1945Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Spare, Unused 
29219 March 1945Target: Braunkohle-Benzin Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Completed Mission41C Group, Group Lead. PFF ship.
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29422 March 1945Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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29523 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF and Gee-H ship.
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29624 March 1945Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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--25 March 1945Lutzkendorf, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseMaj. Booska LdSqLd
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29928 March 1945Target: Berlin/Spandau Motor Transport Works
Type: Industry
Location: Spandau (Berlin), Germany
Spare, Unused 
30030 March 1945Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Completed MissionLead Squadron deputy and hot camera ship. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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30131 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead.
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3023 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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3034 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fassberg, Germany
Spare, Unused 
3045 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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3079 April 1945Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 44‑8649.
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31014 April 1945Target: Gun Battery
Type: Military
Location: Royan (Bordeaux), France
Completed MissionDeputy Wing Lead. Originally assigned to 44‑8401, changed to this aircraft when displaced by Col Milton, due to his original aircraft becoming unservicable.
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31419 April 1945Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Completed MissionHigh Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Completed MissionGroup Lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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