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42-39895

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 22/12/43; 12+m Missing in Action Bunde 22/2/44 with Lee Smith, Co-pilot: 1st. Lt. Thomas Paxton Sherwood (in picture), Note: Co-pilot on 22.2.44 was 1st Lt. Rowland Evans (not shown in picture), Navigator: Leonard Meier, Bombardier: Harry Kaufman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Kemper, Radio Operator: John Zappala, Ball turret gunner: Lester Larson, Waist gunner: Andy Manning, Waist gunner: Reg Solway,Tail gunner: Larry Eden (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft crashed on Allhornsberg, at Hiddesen, three miles SW of Detmold, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2935. BERMONDSEY BATTLER.

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

  • Lawrence Eden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rowland Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Evans crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch. 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to Kiel,...

  • Harold Kaufman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Harold Kemper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Lester Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Andrew Manning

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Leonard Meier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Lee Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Reginald Solway

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • John Zappala

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed near Detmold/Lippe, GR on a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39895 'Bermondsey Battler'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2019 13:37:22 sherwood Changes to description
Sources

1st Lt. T.P. Sherwood Archives 1942-1945, Archivist John W. Sherwood, Seven Valleys PA 17.5.2019

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2019 13:35:36 sherwood Changes to description
Sources

1st Lt. T.P. Sherwood Archives 1942-1945, Archivist John W. Sherwood (son). Seven Valleys, PA 17.5.2019

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 19:49:25 JasonR Changes to nicknames
Sources

Corrected spelling of aircraft name from "Bermondsdey" to "Bermondsday". Source - internet research/Army Air Forces forums http://www.armyairforces.com/download.axd?file=0;248202

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2935 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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