The 384th was a B-17 outfit flying out of Grafton-Underwood, UK (Station 106).Component Squadrons were 544 (SU), 545 (JD), 546 (BK) and 547 (SO).(Letters) are fuselage codes.
According to the info posted by Stalag, Kendall was reported POW on 26AUG44.However, on mission 179 of that date there were no reported losses.Looking at the mission history we see that on the previous day, 25AUG44, Mission 178, there was one reported loss, so it appears that either the official paperwork is a day off, or, Kendall evaded for a day before capture.The next previous 384th loss was on 29JUL44.
1798/26/44 Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Oil)nonenone
1788/25/44 Anklam, Germany (Research) Pilot: Lt. H. Rainey 42-97204 (The wartime docu/film "Target For Today" details an early 8th AF mission to Anklam)
Here are the block numbers for this serial:
42-97173/97407 Boeing B-17G-45-BO Fortress c/n 7646/7880
Here is a bio for this plane giving "nose art" name and Squadron reference:
42-97204 B-17G-45-BO "Skylark" 547th SO*K MIA 8/25/44 mission to Anklam, Germany. Pilot-Harry Rainey
So you see that it appears that Kendall was the Bombardier on "Skylark", fuselage code SO(star and bar)K.Tail code on this plane would have been the letter P in a triangle (the triangle indicating First Bomb Division), and the number 297204 would have appeared under the triangle.
Interesting to note that the Group insignia bears the words: KEEP THE SHOW ON THE ROAD.Several years ago I painted this insignia on the back of a leather flight jacket for a gunner in the 547th.He told me that this motto came from a letter received at the Group from a member of the 384th who was POW.The POW writer told everybody he had survived his shoot down, and to "Keep the show on the road".