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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Smoky Hill 29/3/43; Presque Is 5/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 RUM BOOGIE; Andrews Fd 13/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 2m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with George Darrow, Co-pilot: John Howcroft, Navigator: Ralph Waldman, Bombardier: Phil Rokosa, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Hartnett, Radio Operator: Jack Kaufman, Ball turret gunner: Clarry Jones, Waist gunner: Jim Baker, Waist gunner: Rich Morrison,Tail gunner: Paul Howard (10 Returned to Duty); damaged in fighter attack, ditched North Sea 20 miles E of Felixstowe, Sfk., all rescued. No MACR.



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb 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


  • Clarence Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29735 'Our Mom. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Harry Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Richard Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29735 'Our Mom. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Credited with 1 German fighter destroyed on 3 September 1943 to Romilly-sur-Seine.

  • Ralph Waldman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Clore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Formerly from the 534th BS. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Originally buried in the Cambridge AMC. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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

Ditched in North Sea returning from mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. All 10 crew RTD. No MACR.


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 20:03:16 Rainer Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations

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

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