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A bomber crew led by Ralph E. Pulcipher of the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group with their B-17F Flying Fortress (SO-S, serial number 42-5843) nicknamed "Black Ghost". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Ralph E. Pulcipher crew, 547BS, 384BG. Lost on Sept. 6, 1943 aboard B-17F-25-VE "Black Ghost" 42-5843, SO*S. 7 POW, 3 EVD (their 14th mission).' On reverse: From Tim Bivens Collection [Stamp]. Caption from Tim Bivens: 'I recently obtained the enclosed pix from Mr. William McLain who flew in the 384th BG. I research the B-17F they were shot down in, “Black Ghost”, which was coded SO*S. The enclosed crew photo shows them by the right side of this Fort, but the codes read S*OS. I’ve never noticed codes arranged this way, probably should have been S*SO don’t you think? ' This image was taken after a mission on 28 June 1943. Back Row: William Eudey (N), *James Ray Martin-Vegue (N), *Robert E. Langlois (TG), Ralph R. Pulcipher (CP), Col Budd J. Peaslee (P, Group Commander), Paul S. Givens (B). Front Row: Asbury Lee Perkins (R), Willard D. Mclain (BT), Judson L. Dacus (Eng/TT), Thomas E. Furrey (WG), Joe M. Hawkins (WG). Langlois, a pilot, was assigned the tail gun position to serve as formation observer.

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A bomber crew led by Ralph E. Pulcipher of the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group with their B-17F Flying Fortress (SO-S, serial number 42-5843) nicknamed "Black Ghost". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Ralph E. Pulcipher crew, 547BS, 384BG. Lost on Sept. 6, 1943 aboard B-17F-25-VE "Black Ghost" 42-5843, SO*S. 7 POW, 3 EVD (their 14th mission).' On reverse: From Tim Bivens Collection [Stamp]. Caption from Tim Bivens: 'I recently obtained the enclosed pix from Mr. William McLain who flew in the 384th BG. I research the B-17F they were shot down in, “Black Ghost”, which was coded SO*S. The enclosed crew photo shows them by the right side of this Fort, but the codes read S*OS. I’ve never noticed codes arranged this way, probably should have been S*SO don’t you think? '

Connections

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Judson Dacus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • William Eudey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • Thomas Furrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 13 combat missions. ...

  • Albert Gase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • Paul Givens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions ...

  • Joe Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 13 combat missions. ...

  • Willard McLain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and flak in B-17 42-5843 SO-S, BLACK GHOST; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455. EVADED Escape and Evasion Report Number 270

  • Budd Peaslee

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    First Commanding Officer of 384th Bomb Group and instigator of the Scouting Force concept, to enable the bomber stream to change course in good time if target area was obscured. ...

  • Asbury Perkins

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Moved overseas with the Ralph R. Pulcipher crew. 12 combat missions. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5843 'Black Ghost'. Missing Air Crew Report #1455. Evaded. Escape and Evasion Report Number 221

  • Ralph Pulcipher

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    42-5843 'BLACK GHOST' shot down 6 September 1943 by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455. Escape and Evasion Report Number 168

Aircraft

  • 42-5843 BLACK GHOST

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 20/5/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ralph R. Pulcipher, Co-pilot: Merle Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

Locations

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 01:42:08 bombercommand Changes to caption, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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