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Challen P Atkinson

Military

Pilot. Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried by the Germans in Community cemetery of Reifferscheid.
1Lt Atkinson bailed out of the aircraft with Lt Dulberger. They spoke to each other while descending until they landed on opposite sides of a hill. Another crew member saw Lt Atkinson on the ground at a distance. He lost sight of him and then heard gunfire. German civilians reported to authorities that they witnessed Lt Atkinson's parachute fail to open.
Fremont, Tx

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  • Murray Dulberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Bailed out with Lt Atkinson and kept within voice...

  • Fred Freiberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XVIIA. ...

  • Hubert Goss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. LWG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA & Stalag...

  • 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...

  • John Hyk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag VIIA. Philadelphia, PA

  • Stanley Kasha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Bairdford, PA

  • Peter Katsarelis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Quantico, VA POW

  • Julian Marks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID....

  • James McGoldrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Killed in Action (KIA). Germans reported that S/Sgt McGoldrick's...

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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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29983 Gloria Ann, Iris, Uncle Sammy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Premont, Texas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 17 August 1943
Died 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 04:02:42 ARowe95 Changes to biography
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 02:44:35 ARowe95 Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 398 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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