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42-5846

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 19/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-X] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Capt Landon Hendricks, Capt John Hamilton, M/Sgt Marshall Peavey line chief, M/Sgt Rhea Rutherford radio, Lt Ernie Murray, Lt Gerald Platz HQ, Lt George Kelly HQ, S/Sgt Mike Duffy HQ, T/Sgt Gerald Reisen HQ; Missing in Action 19+m Bremen 20/12/43 with Dorman Lane, Co-pilot: John Johnston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Peanoske (3 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Everett Anderson, Bombardier: Dick Mitchell, Radio Operator: Alphonse Melchiorre, Ball turret gunner: Henry Cramer, Waist gunner: Bill Hrapsky, Waist gunner: Joe Fecho,Tail gunner: Frank McDonald (7 Killed in Action); coll with Me109, crashed Ganderksee, three miles W of Delmenhorst, near Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1723. (A/c shown in film shot in Hers To Hold, with Deanna Durbin). TINKERTOY.

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Aircraft

  • 43-39170 TINKER TOY -TOO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    TINKER TOY TOO: 42-39170 . . . Delivered Lincoln 23/12//44; Grenier 1/3/45; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 21/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

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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

  • Everett Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action ...

  • Frank Chapman

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Chapman, F. Crew

  • Henry Cramer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Joseph Fecho

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • John Hamilton

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Schrader, Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Original member of the 533rd BS and Hendricks crew. 533rd Squadron Operations Officer. Cpt Hamilton replaced original crew member 2Lt Kenneth Johnson as co-pilot on the mission. Shot down 25 June...

  • William Hrapsky

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission 351 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • John Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Prisoner of...

  • Dorman Lane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October - December 1943. Pilot, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #425846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany....

  • Frank McDonald

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Alphonso Melchiorre

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

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) Germany 20 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2018 03:09:04 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:17:31 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 20:39:35 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 19:47:40 AZ MAC Changes to markings
Sources

Various photos of the nose art

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1723 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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