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Ralph L Sheeder


2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24397 Phyllis

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; detailed mission to Meaulte, Fr 2/10/42; crash landed RAF Gatwick 2/10/42 with 1Lt. Charles W. Paine, Jr. Co-pilot: 1Lt Robert H. Long, Navigator: 2Lt John A. Thomson, Bombardier: 2Lt Stanley A....


  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Six Mile Run, PA 12 February 1920

Son of Ross "Babe" and Grace G [Kline] Sheeder.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 4 January 1941

Enlistment Date: 4 Jan 1941
Release Date: 3 Jun 1945

Based Chelveston 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted 20 November 1945

Enlistment Date: 20 Nov 1945
Release Date: 13 Sep 1948

Enlisted 8 March 1950

Enlistment Date: 8 Mar 1949
Release Date: 4 Dec 1950

Died Six Mile Run, PA 6 March 2000
Buried Duvalls Cemetery, Coaldale, PA 10 March 2000

Duvalls Cemetery
Bedford County, PA


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2018 18:10:35 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 17:13:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-43. Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 36