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Robert P Boylan

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BTG, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. S/Sgt Boylan had reported his ball turret had been hit and he was possibly wounded. S/Sgt Gracey (Radio operator) assisted him out of the ball. He did not appear to be wounded. After capture, some crew members were informed by the Germans that S/Sgt Boylan's body was found in the aircraft. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Lorraine AMC.
Paris, OH
Credited with 1 damaged German fighter on the 4 October 1943 mission.

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People

  • Gordon Childers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Evaded for 2 and a half days until captured by...

  • Martin Dall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Flew 6 missions between Aug, 1943 and Oct. 1943. Shot down bombing the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt Germany on Black Thursday in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39....

  • Michael Feller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Yorba crew. Not an original crew member. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • William Gorgone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Was last seen leaving his inoperable turret and...

  • Edgar Gracey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • Kenneth Huitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Yorba crew. Not original crew member. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Johnnie Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission 339 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Wilbur Roberson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Akron, OH

  • Bernardo Yorba

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Yorba crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Mission #39 to the Kugel-Fisher ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 1037. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III. Fullerton, CA

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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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29803 'Flat Foot Floogie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/2/43; Gore 8/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Alconbury 8/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 4m, transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-Q/E] Chelveston 17/6/43 FLAT FOOT FLOOGIE; 534BS/381BG [GD-P] Ridgewell 11/9/43; 6m/381 Missing in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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 Paris, Ohio, USA
Based 14 October 1943
Killed in Action Germany 14 October 1943
Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

Plot A
Row 28
Grave 49

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2018 01:41:57 ARowe95 Changes to biography and events
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Date Contributor Update
18 April 2018 01:35:37 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 06:41:26 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1037 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1037 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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