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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 21/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 19/2/44; Missing in Action 4m Ludwigshafen 3/9/44 with Omar Fulton, Co-pilot: Bob Harrington, Bombardier: Rich Geer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theo Jefferson, Radio Operator: Roger Martin, Ball turret gunner: Jim Grubbs, Waist gunner: Franklin Berry,Tail gunner: Carl Von Goeben (8 evaded capture); Navigator: Bob Conly (Prisoner of War); battle damaged KO’d #2, then another was lost and it was decided to crash landed on neutral territory; it did so Damerey, NE of Chalon-sur-Saone, France; all were captured but eight escaped from a box car and returned UK by 21/9/44; Salvaged 5/5/45. SWEET PATTOOTIE.

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...

People

  • Robert Benward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • William Cusick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • John Houston

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Survived crash in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident. ETD ...

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • Donald Murray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6148 'Smashin Thru' crashed after take off due to mech failures. A/C exploded. Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jul-44. No MACR ...

  • William Scruggs

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Survived crash and subsequent explosion / inferno in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident and with a broken leg. Hospitalised for 3 years before being medically retired. ...

  • Kenneth Spatz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Gerald Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Lawrence Wallerstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    January - June 1944. Plane 'Sweet Patootie'

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2019 01:40:00 Pete Changes to media associations
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Pete

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2019 22:43:58 coopdog Changes to nicknames
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Spelling corrected per photo

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2019 22:38:57 coopdog Changes to media associations
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Flight Engineer Sgt. Perkins and Pilot 1st Lt. Lawrence B. Wallerstein on May 26, 1944 after completing 30 mission combat tour

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2017 02:27:54 Reddog1968 Changes to nicknames
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cross reference

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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