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42-29999

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 8/5/43 GENIE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Matt McEvoy, Co-pilot: Nicholas Nikitin, Navigator: Henry Lipsky, Bombardier: Bill Ingram, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Art Loehrer, Radio Operator: Fred Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Weldon Wittwer, Left Waist gunner: Gene Kracium, Right Waist gunner: Mack Sexton, Tail gunner: Jack Trueblood (10 Prisoners of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eicholz, three miles S of Melle, 14 miles SE of Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1880. FERTILE MYRTLE.

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...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • 96th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leven Ferrin

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Alexander, J. Crew

  • William Ingram

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in the MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Fred Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Eugene Kracium

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB....

  • Henry Lipsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Arthur Loehrer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG. McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft...

  • Matthew McEvoy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Matthew J McEvoy served as a pilot with the 381st Bomb Group, 533rd BS, 8th AF from Ridgewell, Essex. ...

  • Nicholas Nikitin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879, Klein crew). Prisoner of War...

  • Mack Sexton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. RWG, McEvoy crew. Original member of the Schultz, E crew. 381st BG, 533rd BBS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile...

  • Jack Trueblood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2021 01:13:27 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/photo_history/fertile_myrtle_noseart.html

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 23:47:35 kstrykerAK Changes to markings and unit associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 23, 294, 300

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 05:41:49 ARowe95 Changes to description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 18:00:46 Bagarre Changes to media associations
Sources

mine

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1880 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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