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44-8283 Lucky 13 - Dinah-Mite Lost 4-5-45

B-17G-55-VE

 

August 2, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

August 9, 1944 to Kearney

August 17, 1944 to Grenier

August 20, 1944 Assigned to 18th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham.

Originally named “Lucky 13”

Renamed “Dinah-Mite” at some point.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Parkhusrt

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hemingway

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G (scheduled for Coupland but replaced)

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8283 B/G 4BS Allenman

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Gardner

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland 

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 44-8283 B/G 7BS Carter

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #86 November 4, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Lerch

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Bouldin

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Harris

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams         Leaflets only.

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Peede

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Kyser

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 44-8283 B/G 391BS Harris

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Jones, W. S.

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams (incorrectly listed as 382 but with R/T of B/G)

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Fiedler

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-8283 B/G 391BS Schaus

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Feidler

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling 

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling MISSING. See below.

 

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Parkhusrt

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hemingway

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G (scheduled for Coupland but replaced)

 

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

Photographer T/Sgt Shepherd G. Litsey 18180011 Lightly WIA and sent to 65th General Hospital.

 

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8283 B/G 4BS Allenman

 

                       October 2, 1944 44-8283 B/G

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #13 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Gardner

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland

 

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Coupland 

Major damage.

 

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 44-8283 B/G 7BS Carter

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Ratcliff

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

 

Mission #86 November 4, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Lerch

Pilot's oxygen system low. Inspected and repaired.

 

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Bouldin

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Harris

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams         Leaflets only.

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Peede

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Kyser

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 44-8283 B/G 391BS Harris

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

 

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Aborted – mechanical.

 

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8283 B/G (unused ground spare)

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Jones, W. S.

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams (incorrectly listed as 382 but with R/T of B/G)

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Fiedler

 

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Abrams

Landed at Antwerp, Belgium

 

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 44-8283 B/G 391BS Schaus

Aborted - Top turret dome blown out.

 

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Feidler

 

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Aborted - #3 engine out plus other problems.

 

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Aborted - #3 engine trouble – jettisoned bombs.

 

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #151 March 24, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton

Mission #152 March 26, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

 

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Hamilton

Bombs would not salvo. Dropped 6, jettisoned 4, returned 2.

 

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 44-8283 B/G 18BS Mehling MISSING. See below.

 

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 B-17G 44-8283 B/G “Dinah-Mite” Missing in Action Nuremburg flak. At bombs away, one bomb hug up on one end of the shackle. The plane left formation and began trailing behind, eventually losing sight of formation due to low visibility. Crossing the coast 5-7 miles East of Dunkirk, flak and machine gun fire hit the plane, seriously wounding Harris (B). A fire broke out behind #2 engine and the left alerion was shot out. Share (R) was also wounded. Ditched in the English Channel. At ditching Harris (B) was either dead or near dead. Huntley (CP) apparently never managed to get out. Deines (WG) got out but was holding on the tail section and would not release, saying he could not swim, even though he was wearing a MaeWest. He went down with the tail, still holding on. With 18BS. Pilot: Mehling. No Missing Air Crew Report. 3 Killed in Action, 6 rescued from the Channel and 5 returned to duty. Share (R) was severely wounded and lost his right leg as a result.

MEHLING GEORGE (P)                                       LT

KIA HUNTLEY WENDELL M (CP)                  2 LT        18            O-2063534

RTD BRITTON HARRISON (N)       

KIA HARRIS RUSSELL L                                  2 LT        18            O-2071975              MI

RTD NIATAS STEPHEN (TT)

WIA SHARE JACK (R)                                      SGT        18            32678875               

RTD LAMPREY ROBERT (BT)

KIA DINNIS ALBERT E (WG)                          SGT        18            19202185

RTD MORGAN LOU (TG)

 

S/Sgt Share was admitted to 105th British General Hospital in Ostend, Belgium.