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42-29941

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 TARFU; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 15/7/43 TS TARFU; Missing in Action 15m Bremen 8/10/43 with Capt Edwin Manchester, Co-pilot: Capt Elton Jukes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim O’Donnell, Radio Operator: Lorenzo Darrington, Ball turret gunner: Art Tucker, Waist gunner: Anthony Budzic (6 Killed in Action), Navigator: Marvin Smith, Bombardier: Keith Moore, Waist gunner: Matthew Berk,Tail gunner: Wade McCook (4 Prisoner of War); flak blew ship in half, crashed Talge, 22 miles N of Osnabruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 884. TS TOO. (TARFU)

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

  • Matthew Berk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting in half at the ball turret. S/Sgt Berk was...

  • Anthony Budzik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. S/Sgt Budzik...

  • Lorenzo Darrington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret....

  • Elton Jukes

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the ship in half at the ball turret. Killed...

  • Edwin Manchester

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft caught fire and exploded, splitting in half at the ball turret. Killed in Action....

  • Wade McCook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball...

  • Keith Moore

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. 1Lt...

  • James O'Donnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. Killed in...

  • Marvin Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret...

  • Arthur Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. Killed in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

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, 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...

  • 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 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 03:15:34 ARowe95 Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 01:43:37 ARowe95 Changes to markings
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 884 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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