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44-8176 unknown name (PFF)

B-17G-50-VE

Pathfinder

 

See color photo on page 177 of Bomber Command, by Jeffery Ethell.

 

June 29, 1944 Delivered to Dallas

July 30, 1944 to Langley

August 22, 1944 to Dow Field

August 30, 1944 Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

MISSION LIST

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8176 493BG McFarland (PFF)

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Bower (PFF)

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Bower (PFF)

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 391BS Baker (PFF)

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Weaver         (a standby crew flying the only other ground spare not alreaady used)

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 4BS Iverson (PFF)

December 31, 1944 44-8176 H/Q Cleaves (PFF) flew with 490BG

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8176 H/Q Daniels & Freeman   Weather and Monitor Aircraft

Mission #113 January 15, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 44-8176 H/Q Capt Bower & Dunham         Weather & monitor aircraft

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #121 February 9, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #124 February 17, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #126 February 20, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Gustofson (PFF)

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Dunham (PFF)

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Alling (PFF)       Aborted -#1 engine out.

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Benedict (PFF)  Aborted - #1 engine out.

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused spare) (PFF)

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Gustofson (PFF)

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Daniels (PFF)

Mission #153 March 28, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused spare) (PFF)

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Carman (PFF)

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS McLean

Mission #163 April 11, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Hall (PFF)

Mission #167 April 17, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Hicks (PFF)

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Hanchar (PFF)

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 391BS Hall (PFF)

 

 

MISSION DETAILS

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8176 493BG McFarland (PFF)

 

October 2, 1944 44-8176 ?/?

On Marshalling Chart in Hanger #2 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Bower (PFF)

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Bower (PFF)

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 391BS Baker (PFF)

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Weaver         (a standby crew flying the only other ground spare not alreaady used)

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8176 H/Q 4BS Iverson (PFF)

 

December 31, 1944 44-8176 H/Q Cleaves (PFF) flew with 490BG

Flew Lead of High Squadron of 490BG (in 34BG markings)

Cleaves (P)

Pittman (Command Pilot) Capt

 

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8176 H/Q Daniels & Freeman   Weather and Monitor Aircraft

Mission #113 January 15, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 44-8176 H/Q Capt Bower & Dunham         Weather & monitor aircraft

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #121 February 9, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare PFF)

Mission #124 February 17, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #126 February 20, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Gustofson (PFF)

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Dunham (PFF)

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Alling (PFF)       Aborted -#1 engine out.

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Benedict (PFF)  Aborted - #1 engine out.

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused spare) (PFF)

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Moore (PFF)

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Gustofson (PFF)

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Daniels (PFF)

Mission #153 March 28, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused spare) (PFF)

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Carman (PFF)

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS McLean

Mission #163 April 11, 1945 44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Hall (PFF)

Mission #167 April 17, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 18BS Hicks (PFF)

Mission #168 April 18, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 7BS Hanchar (PFF)

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 44-8176 H/Q 391BS Hall (PFF)

 

October 29, 1944 Returned to the US: Morrison

January 1, 1946 to RFC Walnut Ridge