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Phillip F Burke

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RWG, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I, Luft III and Luft VIg (?).

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People

  • Edgar Delp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Killed in Action (KIA). S/Sgt Delp was wounded in the ribs, leg, face, stomach, chest and L arm at his...

  • Albert Gardella

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. T/Sgt Gardella was assisting S/Sgt Delp when the aircraft banked sharply and threw him out. Prisoner...

  • Warren Hess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. September - December 1943. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Captured with 2LT Randle and S/Sgt Delp. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Allan Ludwig

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Texas

  • William Macklin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG. Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag 9C. ...

  • David Randle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    David Randle was the Navigator, Hess crew, on B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac' of 381st Bomb Group / 535th Bomb Squadron, shot down over Belgium 1 December 1943. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.

  • John Regan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB.

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Having enlisted in the Air Corps well before the start of the US involvement in the conflict, Charles Smith was sent overseas and was assigned to the 381st Bomb Group / 535th Bomb Squadron as a Navigator. He was on board B-17 # 42-3540 when it went...

  • Robert Wernersbach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. October - December 1943. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. EE report 665. Evaded and returned to Allied control in May 1944. ...

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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

  • 42-3540 Lucifer Jr III, Bacta-Th'-Sac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersbury 15/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 20/9/43 LUCIFER JR III; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1 December 1943 with Pilot Warren C. Hess; Navigator: David Randle; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert J....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 124

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 1 December 1943
Died 27 April 1989

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 21:59:09 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2017 23:52:52 ARowe95 Changes to service number, role, biography, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1660 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1660 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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