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42-29789

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-O] Ridgewell Stone, Joe Mello, Bill Grayson; Missing in Action 4m Romilly 3/9/43 with Ben Zum, Navigator: John WillisWounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Italiano, Waist gunner: Frank Crocittio, Waist gunner: Chas Bang,Tail gunner: Ferdinand Christofero (5 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Chas Hoover, Radio Operator: Edwin Myers, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Terry (3 evaded capture), Bombardier: Luther Clark (KIA-chute failed); shot down by enemy aircraft crashed Provine, 18 miles W of Romilly, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 473. BIG TIME OPERATOR.25/5/43 with Marvin Lord, George Darrow, Frank Shimek, Tom Hester, Fred Berg, Tom Campbell, Chas Fry, Ken

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

  • Charles Bang

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. S/Sgt Bang was a replacement for this mission, he was a...

  • Ferdinand Christofero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Brooklyn, NY POW

  • Luther Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in the B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Killed in Action when his parachute failed to open. Quitman, TX

  • Frank Crocittio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Yonkers, NY POW

  • Charles Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded, EE report 195. Unable to locate EE report. Rome, Nevada

  • Robert Italiano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War Stalag Luft XVIIB. New Orleans, LA POW

  • Edwin Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    May - September 1943. Radio operator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romily, France. MACR 473. T/Sgt Myers was a replacement for this mission, he was a...

  • Floyd Terry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded. EE report 382. S/Sgt Terry suffered a frozen left hand due to difficulty in buckling...

  • John Willis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Lt Willis was knocked unconscious as his parachute opened and awoke on the...

  • Benjamin Zum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Brooklyn, NY

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 3 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 01:41:38 ARowe95 Changes to markings, unit 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 / MACR 473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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