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42-29731

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Leo Jarvis, Co-pilot: Gene Mancinelli, Navigator: Rich Riley, Bombardier: Bill Lockhart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Seymore, Radio Operator: Aythemonde Logan, Ball turret gunner: Chas Persinger, Waist gunner: Herman Grossman, Waist gunner: Harry Stecher,Tail gunner: Gene Roehl (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, #4 feathered, crashed Ebrach, 18 miles SE of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 663. OL' SWAYBACK.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29978 Hell's Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-F] Ridgewell 31/5/43 with Reinhardt King, Neil Wright, Ed McGlynn, Francis Petrillo, Cecil Fleura, Maynard Unger, Joe Lyons, Albt Pollard, Bob Dwyer,...

  • 42-29983 Gloria Ann, Iris, Uncle Sammy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X...

  • 42-30028 Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Henry Peeples, Co-pilot: Jack Rogers, Navigator: Cliff Haverkamp, Bombardier: Vernon Nicholson, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-30140 King Malfunction II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 ...

  • 42-30245 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Weldon Simpson (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Doug Roraback (evaded capture), Co-pilot: Elden...

  • 42-3092 Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 4/43 with Capt Bob Post, Bob Nelson, Fred Nudell engineer, Harry Baylerian radio, Capt Joe Murray S-2, M/Sgt Andy Banas line chief, S/Sgt Joe Johnson elec/spec, Cpl...

  • 42-3220 Damfino

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m...

  • 42-3225 Widget, Chug-A-Lug Lulu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/6/43 WIDGET with Loren Disbrow, Co-pilot: Allen Chapin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: George Gaydos, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otto Bruzewski, Tom Crowley...

  • 42-3227

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Presque Isle 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 26/5/43. Pilot Hamden L. Forkner; Co-Pilot Joseph A. Kelly; Navigator Robert E. Hyatt; Bombardier Edwin L. Vincent (substitute for Keith Moore); Engineer/Top Turret...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herman Grossman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Leo Jarvis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • William Lockhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. Bombardier, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229731 'Ole' swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak,...

  • Aytchmonde Logan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Member of Fricks crew from the 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & ...

  • Eugene Mancinelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 432nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and...

  • Charles Persinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' swayback'. Mission 320 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Richard Riley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Jarvis crew 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Eugene Roehl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Jarvis crew. 391st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday' to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and...

  • Harold Seymore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines take out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Harry Stecher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt,Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2017 04:00:05 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and aircraft associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 22:37:00 rileydj Changes to mission associations
Sources

381st BG history

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 21:53:10 rileydj Changes to nicknames
Sources

Photos of Jarvis Crew in front of plane

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 663 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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