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Philip M Ball

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BTG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship exploded and crashed. MACR 1874. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC.
Corvallis, OR
The 1st Bomb Wing/381st BG did not hear the recall while over the continent. 180 out of 700 bombers continued the mission without fighter cover. The 533rd BS lost 6 of 9 aircraft. The 381st BG earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation.

Service

People

  • Edwin Bosley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Perot crew. Not the original LWG. Unknown crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F 42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines,...

  • O K Daniels

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator. Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing....

  • Adelbert Faulconer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Perot crew. Not the original Bombardier. Unknown original crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F 42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between...

  • Thomas Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

  • Robert Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Original Radio operator, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Togglier, Burton crew. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102672 Ol' Swayback'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hearn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Schultz crew. Original Bombardier, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. 1st mission Emden Germany; Berlin twice; Wilhelmhausen twice; Brunswick, Leipzig, Ski sites, Nancy France, Augsberg, Frankfurt twice. Was on 13th raid (the third to...

  • John Jerionowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the 31 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

  • Dudley Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking the wing off. The...

  • Wilfred Perot

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking the wing off. The ship...

  • Walter Turk

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5878 Badger's Beauty, Yankee Eagle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Salt Lake City 18/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-W] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/43 BADGER'S BEAUTY; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Q] Ridgewell 18/9/43; Missing in Action...

Missions

  • 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)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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 Corvallis, Oregon
Based 16 November 1943 – 11 January 1944
Killed in Action Germany 11 January 1944
Buried

Plot D
Row 1
Grave 41

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2018 03:55:09 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 16:02:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2015 11:31:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
MACR 1874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1874, 8th AF Losses,

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