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William D Burroughs

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Co-pilot, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action, 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Plane developed engine trouble and exploded over Rattlesden Base. Buried in the Cambridge AMC.
Syracuse, NY

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People

  • Frank Cappel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Hedin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Injured in crash of B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Hiding Hood" on 14 July, 1943. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. The aircraft suffered engine trouble and exploded near Rattelsden, Suffolk. Wounded.

  • Edward Decosmo

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Plane developed engine trouble and exploded over Rattlesden Base. Baltimore, MD

  • Donald Hamm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Hedin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Injured in the crash of B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood" on 14 July, 1943. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. The aircraft suffered engine trouble and exploded near Rattlesden, Suffolk. Wounded.

  • Richard Hanna

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail gunner/Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Hedin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood" crashed on 14 July 1943. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. T/Sgt Hanna was the only uninjured member of the crew. 6 KIA. 3 WIA. The aircraft suffered engine...

  • Charles Hedin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action, 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Plane developed engine trouble and exploded over Rattlesden Base. Astoria, NY

  • Stewart MacDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Originally from the 532nd BS. Killed in Action 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Plane developed engine trouble and exploded over Rattlesden Base....

  • Clifford Marhefke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIA on July 14, 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Plane developed engine trouble and exploded over Rattlesden Base. Oshkosh, WI

  • Robert Potts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Link Trainer Instructor | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Hedin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Injured during the crash of B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood" on 14 July 1943. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. The aircraft suffered engine trouble and exploded near Rattlesden, Suffolk....

  • Vivian Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Hedin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Killed in Action (KIA) 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood". Plane developed engine problems then it exploded after take-off. Crash landed at Rattlesden...

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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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3223 Red Hot Riding Hood

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/4 Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-R] Ridgewell 2/6/43 with Chas Hedin, Rudi Duncan, Frank Cappel, Dick Hanna, Bob Potts, Vivian Thomas, Stewart McDonald, Cliff Marhefke, Arnold Lorick; en route Amiens 14/7/43 caught...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • 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 Onondaga County, New York 1922
Enlisted Syracuse, NY, USA 2 January 1942
Based June 1943 – 14 July 1943
Killed in Action Rattlesden, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30, UK 14 July 1943
Buried Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial 17 July 1943
Buried

Plot C
Row O
Grave 39

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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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