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Arthur L Guertin

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Navigator, Jones crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2 engine feathered with bent prop, hole in port wing near fuel tanks, leaking fuel, #3 engine smoking and lost oil pressure. Interned. First US bomber interned in Sweden. Flew in place of Lt Leonard Spivey, original navigator on Lt Disbrow crew of the "Chug-a-Lug Lulu". Returned to England November 22, 1943.
Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II. ' Mission #101. Henslin Crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in Rhone AMC. Plot A, Row 5, Grave 13.
Detroit, MI

Service

People

  • Lorin Disbrow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Disbrow crew. 381st BG. 535th BS, 8th AF. ...

  • Shannon Early

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Damaged July 24, 1943 in B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" and crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Sweden. Hit by flak, #2 engine feathered and...

  • Alfred Haugen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Jones Crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Damaged July 24, 1943 in B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" and crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • James Haynie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission 311 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2 engine...

  • Harold Henslin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Houston

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Survived crash in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident. ETD ...

  • Osce Jones

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical works (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. Hit by flak, dropped bombs, #2 engine feathered and prop bent,...

  • Maurice Kelleher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Jones crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2 engine...

  • George McIntosh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Operations Officer for 535th BS. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical works (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak,...

  • Charles Nevius

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3217 Georgia Rebel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/3/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Osce Jones, Seth Armstead, Leon Spivey, Chas Nevius, Jim Haynie, Joe Nicatra, Alf Haugen, Chas Newcomb, Shannon Early, Maurice Kelleher. ...

  • 42-3225 Widget, Chug-A-Lug Lulu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/6/43 WIDGET with Loren Disbrow, Co-pilot: Allen Chapin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: George Gaydos, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otto Bruzewski, Tom Crowley...

  • 42-38061 Georgia Rebel II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 2/2/44; 5+m Missing in Action St Avord 28/4/44 with Harold Henslin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: Gene Arning, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-6148 'Smashing Thru'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 16/6/44; 11+m crashed on take off for Munich 13/7/44 with John Houston(severe burns), Co-pilot: Bill Scruggs (same, plus broken leg) (2 Returned to Duty);...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • 8th Air Force

    28 April 1944

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Canada 1917
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 6 January 1942
Based June 1943 – 28 April 1944
Internee Vännacka, Sweden 24 July 1943 – 22 November 1943
Killed in Action 28 April 1944
Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial

Plot A
Row 5
Grave 13

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2020 01:12:01 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection from #42-3225 to the person (Art Guertin) listed in the A/C "Description".

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2018 21:34:21 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
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03 August 2018 21:32:38 ARowe95 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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26 July 2018 00:51:42 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
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03 November 2017 04:06:06 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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23 October 2017 22:20:44 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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23 October 2017 22:07:50 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
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27 September 2014 18:04:09 AAM AAM ingest
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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 132; MACR 4241 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 132 / MACR 4241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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