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My father, Emil Thomas Petersen, radio operator, is farthest left in the front row. He missed the mission where this plane was lost ( along with all crew members) as he was ill. He was then transferred to the Texas Mauler B-17
Rear L-R William Borman, Lt Richard Ralls, Alfred Salsgiver, Lynnford Smith, LT Gay Rieder, LT Bert Brooks
Front L-R T/Sgt Emil Petersen, John Heller, LT Irwin Williams, Lester Mann

Connections

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • William Borman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39812 'Casey Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bert Brooks

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4297545 'Better Half. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Heller

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Lester Mann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39812 'Casey Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Emil Petersen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/ Aerial Gunner/ Aerial Gunner Instructor
    Emil Thomas Petersen, radio operator, Gunner, Gunnery Instructor missed the mission where his aircraft and all its crew members were lost as he was ill. He was then transferred to the Texas Mauler B-17 ...

  • Richard Ralls

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39812 'Casey Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gay Rieder

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Alfred Salsgiver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39812 'Casey Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lynnford Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39812 'Casey Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA). The plane was last seen near Nijmegen, Holland. The navigator (John Thompson) on his plane bailed out and was captured by the Germans. Smith did not bail out of the...

Aircraft

  • 42-37747 Bucket of Bolts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/8/43; Denver 15/8/43; Scott 26/9/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-A] Rougham 30/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/12/43 with Jerome Devine, Co-pilot: Osborne Ficklen, Navigator: Frank Hubbs, Bombardier: Randy Schaefer, Flight engineer...

Locations

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 13:40:35 GySgt P USMC Changes to collection, caption and person associations
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From Emil Petersen Collection provided by Robert Petersen

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 18:23:24 GySgt P USMC Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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update location and crew ID Info from Roger Watts

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2018 13:50:14 Robert Petersen Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
17 August 2018 13:46:53 Robert Petersen Created entry with caption and aircraft associations
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This photo was found amongst my father's WWII papers. Thanks for sharing

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