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42-30029

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Frank Chapman, Dick Robinson, Bill Hodge, Wilson Cupp, Otha Frost, Edwin Myers, Ed Pope, John Wardell, Bill Richardson, Bob Gugenheim;

Missing in Action 28m Oschersleben 30/1/44 with Carl Baer (body washed up 4/2/44), Co-pilot: Bob Remple, Navigator: Malcolm Van Hise, Bombardier: Henry Palas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Vogelbaugh, Radio Operator: John Moore, Ball turret gunner: Phil Phillipuk, Left Waist gunner: John Tully, Right Waist gunner: Jim Rigat, Tail gunner: Ed Meyers (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea off Gt Yarmouth, Missing Air Crew Report 2495. (Last original aircraft lost). CHAP'S FLYING CIRCUS.

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

  • Carl Baer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Baer crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they were running out of fuel and may not make...

  • Edward Meyers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not...

  • John Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch returning from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 January 1944 on B-17 342-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not...

  • Joseph Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Forced to ditch in the North Sea on a mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Palas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Baer crew. Not an original member of the crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they...

  • Philip Phillipuk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

  • Robert Remple

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that the aircraft was out of fuel and may not...

  • James Rigat

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter damaged on the 29 July 1943 mission.

  • John Tully

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 30 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 01:50:28 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2495 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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