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42-102585

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 12m Tours 24/6/44 with Vic Romasco, Navigator: Jim Chandler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elbert Giddens,Tail gunner: Ernie Waldow (4 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Radio Operator: Paul Cosandier, Ball turret gunner: Grover Scoggins, Waist gunner: Harry Owens (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Ray Stewart (evaded capture) flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-May, 12 miles SW of Tours, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 6534. THE BETTY L.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • James Chandler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Paul Cosandier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6534 Awards: PH.

  • Elbert Giddens

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 ...

  • Richard Kellum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) . ...

  • Harry Owens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Original member of Lt Larson's crew. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France;...

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Grover Scoggins

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6534 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Ray Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. 25 x combat missions. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) . ...

  • Ernest Waldow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 ...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 16 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 16-Mar-44.

Assigned Ridgewell, UK 24 April 1944

Assigned 534BS/381BG

Crashed Valleres-le-Hay, France 24 June 1944 – 24 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44; direct flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-May, France; 1 x EVD, 4 x POW, 4 x KIA MACR 6534

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2019 12:49:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991824

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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