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42-37754

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/8/43; Assigned 534BS/381 BG [GD-K] Ridgewell 20/9/43; on 9th mission Rheims 28/3/44 with Dan Henry, Co-pilot: Bob Chrisler, Navigator: Fred Beardsworth, Bombardier: Rudi Jaciak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebastian Quaresma, Radio Operator: Carl Mongrue, Ball turret gunner: Kyle Wheatley (6 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Jim Norcom, Waist gunner: Dick Toler,Tail gunner: Frank Kurtz (3 Killed in Action); sustained severe battle damage, pilot bringing ship home for crew to bail out over base, before dumping ship over North Sea along with three dead gunners; p & cp bailed out over Bawdsey, on Suffolk coast. No MACR. WHO DAT – THE DINGBAT ?

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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Bearden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    served as combat wing and group lead Bombardier in combat. Completed 30 combat missions from 21 Jan 1944 to 19 Jul 1944. Was approved for pilot training after his completion of his combat tour with a rating of excellent performance. ...

  • Fred Beardsworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Crisler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    29 missions. Damaged by flak on a mission to Chateaudun airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37754 'Who Dat - Ding Bat' returned to base and crashed off the coast after the surviving crew baled out. RTD. ...

  • Lee Gibson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Petroski crew. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. Died of annoxia on B17 42-37754 'Who Dat Ding Bat'. 20-Dec-43. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Victor Grzymkowski

    Military | Major | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to ETO UK, STA 155, Great Ashfield, 385th Bomb Group in April 1944; flew missions through June 1945. Was assigned temporary duty to 388th Bomb Group, Knettishall. Was sent to RAF STA 136 Winsfarthing, Fersfield for missions with Project...

  • Daniel Henry

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1943 - May 1944 Flew 29 missions, Flew on 'Snozzle' and 'Who Dat' where he got the Silver Star. Damaged by flak on a mission to Chateaudun airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37754 'Who Dat - Ding Bat' returned to base and crashed off the...

  • Rudolph Jusiack

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Chateaudun airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37754 'Who Dat - Ding Bat' returned to base and crashed off the coast after the surviving crew baled out. RTD.

  • John Kuhl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Crashed landed at Ridgewell due to battle damage on the return from a mission to Frankfurt in B-17F #42-30834 'Mickey Finn'. RTD. Earlier on 20 December 1943, flying B17 42-37754, had oxygen problems on the a/c 'Who Dat Ding Bat' and S/Sergeant Lee...

  • Frank Kurtz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Chateaudun airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37754 'Who Dat - Ding Bat' returned to base and crashed off the coast after the surviving crew baled out. RTD. Awards: AM(3OLC), PH.

  • Carl Mongrue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1944, our crew's 22nd mission was to bomb an airfield at Reims, France. That day we flew on the B-17G #42-37754 'Who Dat - Ding Bat' Just after baombs away, we received a direct hit from anti-aircraft shell. It exploded inside our plane...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 05:06:05 ARowe95 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 17:18:00 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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