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42-102590

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 10/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 22/5/44; Missing in Action 91m Bremen 30/3/45 with Bob Bennett, Navigator: Paul Cawley, tog-Elbert Holt, Radio Operator: Bob Mumper, Ball turret gunner: Calvin Hockley, Waist gunner: Guy Stubblefield, sj-Chas Majors (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Alex Nelson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Slomczenski,Tail gunner: Chas Knaus (3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Syke, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13542. IN LIKE ERROL.

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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Syke on 30 Mar 45 in B-17 'In Like Errol' #42102590

  • Paul Cawley

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Syke on 30 Mar 45 in B-17 'In Like Errol' #42102590

  • Calvin Hockley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1944 - March 1945. Shot down 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. Plane was B-17 'In Like Errol'

  • Elbert Holt

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Togglier; Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1944 - March 1945. Shot down 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. Plane was B-17 'In Like Errol' #42102590

  • Charles Knaus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590 B-17 'In Like Errol'

  • Charles Majors

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Spot Jammer, Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1944 - March 1945. Shot down 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. Plane was B-17 'In Like Errol'

  • Robert Mumper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    July 1944 - March 1945. Shot down 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. Plane was B-17 'In Like Errol'

  • Alexander Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 March 1945 in AC #42102590 'In Like Errol'

  • Chester Slomczenski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    I got to know my Uncle Chet through the many letters he wrote home whenever time allowed. April 11, 1945 his younger brother Frankie arrived home from school to find their mother crying while tending to dinner preparation. When asked, she pointed to...

  • Guy Stubblefield

    Military | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Syke on 30 Mar 45 in B-17 'In Like Errol' #42102590 Malleus, V. Crew, Luft I

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) Germany 30 March 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13542 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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