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Early photo of B17g grew No. 5844. Bottom row second from left is co-pilot John H. Murphy. On his right is pilot William H. Clark. The other crew members (not certain of their position in photo) are: John C. Simpson (Nav), Joseph M. Byrnes (Bom), Albert L. Fischer (Eng), Harold L. Hallstrom (Radio), Robert F. foster Jr. (Waist Gnr), Carl E. Cates (Gnr), Salvatore J. Franzese (Gnr), Irving L. Dunham (Gnr)



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb 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


  • Joseph Byrnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 November 1944 in AC #4297330

  • Carl Cates

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rotenburg on 11/6/44 in B-17 'Chug-a-Lug IV' #4297330

  • William Clark

    Military | Pilot
    July 1944 - February 1945

  • Irving Dunham

    Military | Waist Gunner
    Clark, W. Crew

  • Albert Fischer

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
    Clark, W. Crew

  • Robert Foster

    Military | Waist Gunner
    Clark, W. Crew

  • Harold Hallstrom

    Military | Radio Operator
    Clark, W. Crew

  • John Murphy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    John Murphy served as a pilot with the 535th Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Ridgewell, England. John flew 35 missions from July 1944 - March 1945. He flew B-17 42-31990 'Stage Door Canteen' and 42-32060 'Boulder...

  • John Simpson

    Military | Navigator
    Clark, W. Crew


  • 42-32060 Boulder Buf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/1/44; Cheyenne 23/1/44; Kearney 18/2/44; with John O’Brien force landed base 6/3/44; Presque Is 19/3/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 48+m, severe battle damage over Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bill...


Date Contributor Update
23 July 2016 17:15:11 Murphman Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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