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42-31075

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 4/10/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 19/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Waldo Crosson, Navigator: Ed Burke, Bombardier: John Curran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Allen, Radio Operator: Bob McFarlane, Ball turret gunner: Steve Bulsok, Right Waist gunner: Jesse Glawson (7 Prisoner of war). Left Waist gunner: Norman Klima, Tail gunner: Bob Eloe, Co-pilot: Jim Opitz ( 3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Albstadt, Wesermunde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1722. THE REBEL.

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

  • John Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Taken to an unknown hospital by the Germans with S/Sgt Eloe. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Steve Bulsok

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. S/Sgt Bulsok left his ball turret due to his oxygen being shot away. After he got out he was wounded. Prisoner...

  • Edward Burke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Pennsylvania

  • Waldo Crosson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    September - December 1943. Pilot, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. California

  • John Curran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier. Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Minnesota POW

  • Robert Eloe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. S/Sgt Eloe was taken by the Germans to an unknown hospital with T/Sgt Allen. He died 5 hours later. Killed in...

  • Jesse Glawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Georgia POW

  • Norman Klima

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. S/Sgt Klima was shot in the stomach in the aircraft. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally interred in the Cemetery...

  • Robert McFarlane

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Prisoner of War at Stalag XB. Cleveland, OH POW

  • James Opitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Crosson crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31075 'The Rebel'. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1722. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt Opitz was struck by 20mm fire in the neck while in the aircraft and fell onto...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2018 02:29:18 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1722 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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