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42-5942

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26 May 1943; Denver 4 June 1943; Dow Field 28 June 1943; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall as "WENATCHEE SPECIAL" 4 July 1943. (Also named "Sky Shy"). Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Pilot Myron A. Bowen; Co-pilot: Warren W. Woods; Navigator: Arthur E. Copeland Jr; Bombardier: Edward W. Hasson; Ball turret gunner: Theodore J. Czygier; Waist gunner: Harry E. Richards; Waist gunner: Albert H. Smith; Tail gunner: James Frankenfield (8 Prisoner of War). Flight engineer/top turret gunner: David E. Wiesner; Radio Operator: Joseph H. Redmond (2 Killed in Action). Hit by fighters and Flak. Crashed Germany heading for Switzerland, Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3121. According to German local researcher Peter Lindenthal at the thread under http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-24620.html :
"S/Sgt. Redmond, who apparently had problems with his parachute, did NOT!!! leave the aircraft (at this point, as a result of my investigation, I am contrary to the MACR report). After his comrades had left the plane, he took the pilot's seat and flew the still burning Flying Fortress from Ulm / valley of the river Blau towards Stubersheim, Weiler ober Helfenstein. Referring to eye-witnesses, he circled Weiler ober Helfenstein (a small number of farms) 2-3 times for finding an appropriate touch-down area and approached to land in a flat angle with the landing gear down. Doing this, he apparently overlooked a mound of two meters height. The landing gear broke off, the craft hit the ground hard and slid over the meadow, where it broke to pieces. Due to this crash landing, S/Sgt. Redmond's head was thrown against the cockpit screen of the plane what caused him most severe head injuries (according to a contemporary witnesses, who also was pilot with the German Armed Forces, that landing was an aeronautical masterstroke).
Despite their fear of the still smoking wreckage, the local community members, like the farmer family, that lived just a few 100 meters away from the place of the disaster, hurried to the scene immediately, gave a first aid to the still alive, severely injured Redmond and recovered him from the wrecked cockpit. Redmond cried out loud for water all the time. The sister of the eye witness I talked to cared for the wounds and gave him something to drink. The doctor, who was called to the scene instantly, stated most severe head injuries and immediately induced S/Sgt. Redmond to be brought to the hospital of nearby Geislingen, where he died of his severe head injuries the next day."

Service

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herman Ball

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon.

  • Myron Bowen

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 "Sky Shy". Prisoner of War (POW). Broke a foot in landing and spent 3 months in hospital before being sent to Stalag Luft 3. Served also in Korea and Viet Nam. Ended his US Air Force career as a Colonel.

  • Arthur Copeland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 "Sky Shy". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

  • Francis Curry

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He resided in Dawson County, Texas prior to the war. ...

  • Theodore Czygier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 'Sky Shy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Frankenfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 'Sky Shy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Hasson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Drafted into 29th Division (National Guard) in March 1941. Transferred to Army Air Corps in August 1942. Trained as a Bombardier and was sent overseas. Assigned to 388th Bomb Group / 563rd Bomb Squadron. Shot down on his seventh mission, 6 September...

  • Joseph Redmond

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 'Sky Shy'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Richards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5942 'Sky Shy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

Places

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) near Geislingen an der Steige, Germany 6 September 1943

Crashed near Geislingen

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 16:34:59 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected a typo in the A/C "Description".

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2017 14:49:05 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3121

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3121 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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