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42-97084

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action Tingry-Abbeville 22/6/44 with Sam Peak, Co-pilot: Bob Petroski, Navigator: John Lundberg, Bombardier: Allen Osterberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Murl Simmons, Radio Operator: Frank Welke, Ball turret gunner: Bob Scharff,Tail gunner: Max Rockey (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Dick Oberlin (Prisoner of War); direct flak KOd #2 & #3, followed by fire an explosion, crashed a mile W of Epagnette, two miles SE of Abbeville, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5918. SPARE CHARLIE.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97084 Spare Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action Tingry-Abbeville 22/6/44 with Sam Peak, Co-pilot: Bob Petroski, Navigator: John Lundberg, Bombardier: Allen Osterberg,...

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Lundberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084

  • Richard Oberlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epagne-Epagnette on 6/22/44 in B-17 'Spare Charlie ' #4297084 Petroski, R. Crew

  • Allen Osterberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084 Petroski, R. Crew Peak, S. Crew

  • Samuel Peak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in B-17 42-97084. PH

  • Samuel Peak

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group

  • Robert Petroski

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084

  • Max Rockey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC #4297084

  • Robert Scharff

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Petroski, R. Crew

  • Murl Simmons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084

  • Frank Welke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084

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Places

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 22 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2019 17:45:10 vppelt68 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

IWM AAM

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2019 17:43:10 vppelt68 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

IWM AAM

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5918 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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