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42-38061

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 2/2/44; 5+m Missing in Action St Avord 28/4/44 with Harold Henslin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: Gene Arning, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Karr, Ball turret gunner: George McLaughlin, Waist gunner: Clarry Williams, Tail gunner: Ed Sell (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maj Osce Jones, Radio Operator: J. W. Padgett, Tail gunner: Bill Blackmon (3 Prisoner of War); flak KOd #3 and ship went down immediately, crashed Avord, 12 miles SE of Bourges, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4241. (also nicknamed Piccadilly Tilly II and crashed on take off according to Tom O’Brien detailed on mission to Cottbus) GEORGIA REBEL II.

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

  • Eugene Arning

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William Blackmon

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    September 1943 - April 1944. Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft XVIIB. POW

  • Arthur Guertin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Jones crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • Harold Henslin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Osce Jones

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical works (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. Hit by flak, dropped bombs, #2 engine feathered and prop bent,...

  • Jo Karr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George McLaughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action. PH

  • J Padgett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Henslin crew. Original member of the Sunde crew. Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 "Georgia Rebel II". Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Sell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Clarence Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 28 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 21:51:06 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 20:53:17 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 02:31:25 Shazbott1540 Changes to media associations
Sources

42-38061

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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