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James W Stuckey

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed at Stettin on 6/20/44 in B-24 Bottle Baby #4440169 Killed in Action (KIA)

The Goodridge Crew 812 was one of the many casualties suffered by the 492nd on 20 Jun 44 during a bombing raid on the well defended oil refineries at Politz. While approaching the target from the Baltic Sea, the Group came under an attack by the Luftwaffe. The crew's plane was hit by cannon fire. It lost a wing, rolled over and dove. Then it blew up. Goodridge, the only survivor, didn't jump but was blown from the plane. He was picked up by a German patrol boat. The rest of his crew was claimed by the Baltic. 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7081.

Service

People

  • Milton Goodridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Stettin on 6/20/44 in B-24 Bottle Baby 44-40169. Prisoner of War (POW)

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Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, New York 1923
Enlisted Buffalo, NY, USA 25 September 1942
Died Baltic Sea near Rugen Island 20 June 1944
Buried 1945

No Known Grave
Tablet of The Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 20:22:52 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showCrewPage&cr...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7081

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