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Marvin B Ritter


Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30182 'Blondie II'. Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Malcolm Healey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30182 'Blondie II'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30182 'Blondie II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Walla Walla 5/7/43; Tinker 28/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E], then 412BS [QW-E] Horham 15/6/43; (25m), Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Jack Moore, Co-pilot:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Gary, Texas, USA 15 May 1921

Billy Ritter was born on May 15, 1921 in Gary Texas, located in Panola County (East Texas). Billy had three sisters and three brothers. Two brothers, Rudolph (older) and Kenneth (younger) also served in WWII. Both survived.

Enlisted Tyler, Texas USA 2 November 1942 – 11 December 1943

He was on crew of the B-17F-90-BO #42-30182 "Blondie II" during a mission to bomb the industrial area of Emden. They were forced to ditch in the North Sea near Dantumadeel, Netherlands.

Died 11 December 1943

Ritter was reported missing and ultimately declared dead on December 11, 1943. Recorded circumstances attributed to: "Missing in action or lost at sea". Incident location: North Sea off Langeoog Island, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 02:04:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 01:15:04 Cdritter1 Changes to nickname, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Information added by Carol Ritter, niece. Daughter of Kenneth E Ritter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1562 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database