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Luther C Clark

Military

Bombardier, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in the B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Killed in Action when his parachute failed to open.
Quitman, TX

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People

  • Charles Bang

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. S/Sgt Bang was a replacement for this mission, he was a...

  • Ferdinand Christofero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Brooklyn, NY POW

  • Frank Crocittio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Yonkers, NY POW

  • Charles Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded, EE report 195. Unable to locate EE report. Rome, Nevada

  • Robert Italiano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War Stalag Luft XVIIB. New Orleans, LA POW

  • Edwin Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    May - September 1943. Radio operator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romily, France. MACR 473. T/Sgt Myers was a replacement for this mission, he was a...

  • Floyd Terry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded. EE report 382. S/Sgt Terry suffered a frozen left hand due to difficulty in buckling...

  • John Willis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Lt Willis was knocked unconscious as his parachute opened and awoke on the...

  • Benjamin Zum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Brooklyn, NY

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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

  • 42-29789 Big Time Operator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-O] Ridgewell Stone, Joe Mello, Bill Grayson; Missing in Action 4m Romilly 3/9/43 with Ben Zum, Navigator: John...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Quitman, Texas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 3 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 02:27:18 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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