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42-31357

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 11/12/43.

On mission to Achmer 21/2/44 with George McIntosh; Navigator: Allen Bergreen, Bombardier: Bill Piekarski bailed out and became POWs.

Missing in Action 10m Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Jim Mullane, Co-pilot: Pax Sherwood, Navigator: Pat O’Phelan, Bombardier: John Kirby, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Stahlke, Radio Operator: Bob Kettlety, Ball turret gunner: Thaddeus Tarczynski, Waist gunner: Lew Sparrow,Tail gunner: Frank Troxler (9 Prisoner of War); flak ko’d #3, lost altitude and another engine caught fire, eventually ship exploded and crashed Klosterkumbd, four miles N of Simmern/Hunsruck, 22 miles S of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3865. OUR DESIRE.

"Right after bombing Schweinfurt on 13 April 1944 the bomber of pilot James F. Mullane of 381 Bomb Group (535 BS) was hit by flak and engine # 3 quit. The B-17 lost more and more altitude and speed until another engine began smoking and quit.

For a certain time there was an escort of two P-47’s, but when the situation became too dangerous all bailed out. The ship exploded mid-air and crashed at Klosterkumbd, 6 km north of Simmern/Hunsrück. All men survived."

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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Allen Bergreen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Lt. Bergreen was reported Missing in Action (MIA) on 21 February 1944 when the 381st BG was attacking Achmer, Germany. He was listed as a Prisoner of War (POW) on 21 February 1944, held at Stalag Luft I in Prussia. PH/ AM/ POW

  • Robert Kettlety

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Kirby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George McIntosh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Operations Officer for 535th BS. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical works (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak,...

  • James Mullane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Patrick O'Phelan

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Mullane, J. Crew

  • William Piekarski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    B-17 was hit in the nose returning from Achmer Airfield, GR and two officers baled out on 1 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Sherwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Co-pilot, Mullane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 "Our Desire". Mission to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, GE. MACR 3865. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Lewis Sparrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Stahlke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 25 October 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 25-Oct-43.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 11 December 1943

Assigned 535BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Klosterkumbd, Germany 13 April 1944

Missing in Action 10m Schweinfurt 13-Apr-44 flak ko’d #3, lost altitude and another engine caught fire, eventually ship exploded and crashed Klosterkumbd, four miles Nth of Simmern/Hunsruck, 22 miles S th of Koblenz; MACR 3865.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2019 12:19:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Sammlung Klaus Zimmer at http://www.flugzeugabstuerze-saarland.de/html/hochwald-nahe.html

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2018 05:29:51 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 09:51:42 ChrisTennet Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added nickname Man o'War II. Source, own research

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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