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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 30/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 19/10/44; 7m crashed Isle of Man, UK with Charles Ackerman, Edwin Hutcheson, plus passengers Lts Alfred Mata, Jim Hinkle, John Fedak, Martin Matyas and Larry McGhehey; NCOs Angelo Quagliariello, Jose Martinez, Herb Gupton, Harry Super, Edwin Ulman, Andy Piter, Joe Sullivan, Joe Gray, Ed Bailey, Ralph Gibbs, Andy Barbour, Wesley Hagen, Dave Lindon, Irvin Hargraves, Mike Kakos, Earl Ammermann, Les Maxwell, Tom Flaherty, Walt McCullough, Bill Geist, Merle Ramsowr, Wayne Manes.
All 31 Killed in Service when aircraft hit North Barrule mountain en route Belfast on a furlough flight 23/4/45 and to attend President Roosevelt's memorial service; Salvaged.

Service

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

  • Charles Ackerman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Earl Ammerman

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Edward Bailey

    Military | Corporal | Ground Crew | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Andrew Barbour

    Military | Private | Military Policeman | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • John Fedak

    Military | First Lieutenant | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Thomas Flaherty

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • William Geist

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Edward Gelman

    Military | Master Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Ralph Gibbs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

  • Joseph Gray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group
    KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.

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Places

  • Ridgewell, England

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belfast, UK 23 April 1945
Crashed North Barrule, Isle of Man 23 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2018 11:12:47 Lucy May Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen's records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15493 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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