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Joseph Fecho

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RWG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC.
Yonkers, NY

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People

  • Everett Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action ...

  • Henry Cramer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William Hrapsky

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission 351 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • John Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Prisoner of...

  • Dorman Lane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October - December 1943. Pilot, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #425846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany....

  • Frank McDonald

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Alphonso Melchiorre

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in...

  • Richard Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Lane crew. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Killed in Action (KIA). Wichita, KS

  • John Peanoske

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Lane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-5846 'Tinker Toy' collided with enemy aircraft on 20 December 1943. 2 ME-109's rammed the rear of the aircraft taking off most of the tail. Mission #51 to Bremen, Germany. MACR 1723. Prisoner of War...

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Units served with

  • 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

  • 42-5846 Tinker Toy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 19/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-X] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Capt Landon Hendricks, Capt John Hamilton, M/Sgt Marshall Peavey line chief, M/Sgt Rhea Rutherford radio, Lt Ernie...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Yonkers, New York, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 20 December 1943
Died 20 December 1943
Buried

Plot D
Row 13
Grave 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2018 00:24:05 ARowe95 Changes to biography
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2018 00:16:59 ARowe95 Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1723 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1723 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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