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42-30676

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 9/7/43; Love 29/7/43; Kearney 1/8/43; Topeka 12/8/43; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 24/8/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 19/9/43; Missing in Action Tours 5/1/44 with Jack R. Zeman, Ball turret gunner: Herve A. Leroux, Waist gunner: Raymond F. Chevraux (3 evaded capture), Co-pilot: Otis A. Montgomery, Navigator: Frank R. Bisagna, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John W. Sinquefield, Radio operator: Burton A. Givan, Waist gunner: Francis B. Cater, Tail gunner: George M. Day Jr (6 Prisoners of War), Bombardier: William C. Walker (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Les Hunes, a mile W of Aubigne-Racan, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1962. BABY DUMPLING.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bisagna

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. New Hamburg, NY POW

  • Francis Cater

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag Lufts 1...

  • Raymond Chevraux

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Evaded. Sgt Chevraux was assisted by many French civilians...

  • George Day

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Not an original crewmember. ...

  • Burton Givan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Folsom, CA

  • Herve Leroux

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E. Sgt Leroux bailed out...

  • William Lofton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Most memorable action was Schweinfurt raids, 14 October 1943 and 24 Feb 1944. Could not believe the number and variety of aircraft that attacked the front of his plane, "Baby Dumpling". Most enjoyable memory was a tour of London by John Steinbeck after...

  • Otis Montgomery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. MAR 1962. Hit by an air to air rocket. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Enid, OK POW

  • John Sinquefield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Washington, DC

  • William Walker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Zeman crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30676 'Baby Dumpling'. Mission #57 to the airfield at Tours, France. Hit by an air to air rocket. MACR 1962. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt Walker didn't have a...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 5 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2018 11:30:22 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

Corrected Leroux's first name (NARA WWII Enlistment records - Escape & Evasion Report E&E )

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 04:22:56 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2018 20:55:19 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1962 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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