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44-6095

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 29/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-N] Ridgewell 26/5/44 (30missions). Missing in Action Gaggenau 10 September 1944 with Pilot Ernest Germano, Co-pilot: James M. Grey, Navigator: Richard A. Tierney, Bombardier: Edward J. Spaniol, Radio Operator: William D. Shelly Jr, Ball turret gunner: John C. Diedrich, Waist gunner: Cloyde I. Goody, Alexander Donaldson (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Harry Siders (KIA-broke neck when landing in tree). Hit by Flak, crashed Neibsheim, NE of Karlsruhe, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8906. FORT WORTH GAL.

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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Diedrich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Neibsheim on 9/10/44 in B-17 Fort Worth Gal 44-6095

  • Alexander Donaldson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator / Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Alexander Donaldson was a Waist Gunner in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. Shot down on 8th mission 10 September 1944 in B-24 #44-6095 "Fort Worth Gal". Interned at Stalag Luft IV, Gross Tychow (Tychowo) Poland. Prisoner of War (POW) #3207. ...

  • Ernest Germano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Ernest Germano was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Pilot of B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cloyde Goody

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Cloyde Goody was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Ball Turret Gunner on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Grey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    James Grey was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Co-Pilot on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). After his return...

  • William Shelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    William Shelly was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Top Turret Gunner on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Harry Siders

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Harry Siders was the Tail Gunner on B-17 Fort Worth Gal #44-6095 on the 10 September 1944 mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Seen preparing to bail out of the Fortress before it exploded and crashed at Neibsheim, near Bruchsal, Germany.

  • Edward Spaniol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Edward Spaniol was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. He was Bombardier on board B-24 44-6095 on the 10 September 1944 mission and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). He served in...

  • Richard Tierney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Richard Tierney was in the 381st Bomb Group/533rd Bomb Squadron. On the 10 September 1944 mission, he was Navigator on board B-24 44-6095 and parachuted from the stricken Liberator. Captured after landing, he became a Prisoner of War (POW). ...

Missions

  • 619

    10 September 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 September 1944

hit by Flak, crashed near Neibsheim, NE of Karlsruhe, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2019 08:33:03 ED-BB Changes to markings and description
Sources

Corrected typo in Markings and Radio Operator's last name (Shelly, not Shally...)

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2019 13:15:59 ED-BB Changes to person associations
Sources

Corrected Radio Operator's last name, which should be Diedrich

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2019 12:38:28 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Completed Goody's first name in Biography

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2019 12:35:03 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8906

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 20:45:59 mestguy182 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Justin Linnert, Harry Siders was my Great Uncle.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8906 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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