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42-3511

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-K] Alconbury withy H2S 20/8/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 22/4/44; Missing in Action 1m Metz 25/4/44 with Andy Claytor, Co-pilot: Roy Rice, Bombardier: Chas Middleton, Radio Operator: Walt Williams, Ball turret gunner: Dave Souder, Waist gunner: Joe Connable,Tail gunner: Ray Vitkus (7 evaded capture); Navigator: Bob Chisholm, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nick Sango (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Precy-sur-Oise, seven miles SW of Creil, Fr, Missing Air Crew Report 4286.

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

  • Robert Chisholm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Clayton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

  • Andrew Claytor

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Clayton, A. Crew, Evaded EE 1021

  • Joseph Connable

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

  • Charles Middleton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

  • Roy Rice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #42-3511, Evaded (EVD).

  • Nicholas Sango

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Souder

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

  • Raymond Vitkus

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    February - August 1944. Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

  • Walter Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #423511. Evaded.

Missions

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

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 25 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2021 09:03:27 vppelt68 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Ron MacKay, Ridgewell´s Flying Fortresses (Schiffer Publ.)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4286 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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