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42-29755

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 11/3/43; Gulfport 28/3/43; Dow Fd 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 20/4/43 LITTLE CAESER, VINI VIDI VICI; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Y] Ridgewell 14/7/43 GREMLINS DELITE; battle damaged Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Bill Butler, Navigator: Larry Potenza, Bombardier: Hayden Brown, Ball turret gunner: Bob Osborne (4 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: John Anderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Kinley Lindsay, Radio Operator: Wayne Maloney, Waist gunner: John Skrapits, Waist gunner: Francis McGinty,Tail gunner: Chas Smith (6 Prisoner of War); AFSC 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 18/6/44; 4136 BU Tinker 1/9/44; Keesler 10/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45. LAST STRAW.

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...

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. On Mission #42, November 5, 1943 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite', pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over Southern Holland...

  • Hayden Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Butler crew. Member of the Shultz crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Wounded on 5 November 1943 on Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot, Lt Butler ordered Lt Brown to bail out. He removed his oxygen mask...

  • William Butler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Ordered the crew to bail out. Had to land with 3 other crew members due to the bombardier's parachute malfunction which trapped him in the aircraft. ...

  • Kinley Lindsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Butler crew. Member of the Jobe crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had...

  • Wayne Maloney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Member of the Jobe crew. Bailed out 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3...

  • Francis McGinty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 from B-17 $42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over...

  • Robert Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Butler crew. Member of the Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Landed on 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite' on mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out. Three...

  • Lawrence Potenza

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Crash landed at Kent 22 June 1943 in B-17 #423226 'Little Chuck' with no injuries to crew. ...

  • John Skrapits

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 4 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over...

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Butler crew. Member of the Schultz crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot, Butler landed with 3...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshalling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2017 02:38:40 ARowe95 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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