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A bomber crew of the 381st Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed Lucky Strike.

Front row: Irving Moore, March Schneider, Wallace Chappell, Forrest Lane
Back row: Paul Ellis, Raplph Hooper, William Provonsha, Joseph Clement, Edmond Connors, Benjamin Dranhoff

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wallace Chappell

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    August 1943 - April 1944. September 1, 1943, arrived in Prestwick with poor visibility. Landed on beach near Troon with no injuries to crew in B17#42-30801 piloted by Irving Moore.

  • Joseph Clement

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    September 1943 - January 1944. September 1, 1943, arrived in Prestwick with poor visablity. Landed on beach near Troon with no injuries to crew in B17#42-30801 piloted by Irving Moore.

  • William Clements

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #41-39975 "Just Plain Lonesome" ...

  • Edmond Connors

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator
    September 1, 1943, arrived in Prestwick with poor visibility. Landed on beach near Troon with no injuries to crew in B17#42-30801 piloted by Irving Moore. DFC/Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster /Dist Unit Citation

  • Paul Ellis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    September 1, 1943, arrived in Prestwick with poor visibility. Landed in Atlantic at a beach near Troon, Scottland with no injuries to the crew in the B17#42-30801, piloted by Irving Moore. ...

  • Ralph Hooper

    Military | Tail Gunner
    Moore, Crew

  • Forrest Lane

    Military | Navigator
    Moore, W. Crew

  • Irving Moore

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    September 1943 - September 1944. September 1, 1943, arrived in Prestwick with poor visablity. Landed on beach near Troon with no injuries in B17#42-30801

  • William Provonsha

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    LWG, Moore, I. Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VI,IV,XIII. Toledo, OH

  • Mark Schneider

    Military | Bombardier
    Moore, I. Crew

Aircraft

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 14:15:37 Scandellis Changes to unit associations
Sources

PK Ellis’s grandson

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 14:14:09 Scandellis Changes to mission associations
Sources

PK Ellis’s grandson

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 14:04:33 Scandellis Created entry with collection, caption, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

PK Ellis’s grandson

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