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Lee Bailey Gibson


Assigned to 534BS 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Petroski crew. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. Died of annoxia on B17 42-37754 'Who Dat Ding Bat'. 20-Dec-43. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: PH.



  • Robert Petroski

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944 in AC 42-97084. Normally flew as a head pilot, but flew as co-pilot with the Sam Peak crew on 22 June.

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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

    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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37754 Who Dat - The Dingbat!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/8/43; Assigned 534BS/381 BG [GD-K] Ridgewell 20/9/43; on 9th mission Rheims 28/3/44 with Dan Henry, Co-pilot: Bob Chrisler, Navigator: Fred Beardsworth, Bombardier: Rudi Jaciak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebastian Quaresma,...


  • 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...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Jackson, MS 6 January 1921
Lived in Mobile County, AL 1942
Enlisted Fort McClellan, AL 5 November 1942

Fort McClellan Alabama

Based Ridgewell 1943 – 20 December 1943

Assigned to 534BS 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Died on Bremen raid from Anoxia. 20-Dec-43.

Buried 21 December 1943

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot F Row 2 Grave 58


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2019 20:15:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia