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Charles Francis Bang

Military

RWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. S/Sgt Bang was a replacement for this mission, he was a member of the Chapman crew, 535th BS. Prior to being sent overseas, S/Sgt Bang rode with the ground echelon crew on a ship due to a broken leg in a cast. He wanted to join his own unit.
Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt with the Chapman crew.
Arlington, VA

POW

Service

People

  • Ferdinand Christofero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Brooklyn, NY POW

  • Luther Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in the B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Killed in Action when his parachute failed to open. Quitman, TX

  • Frank Crocittio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. Yonkers, NY POW

  • Charles Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded, EE report 195. Unable to locate EE report. Rome, Nevada

  • Robert Italiano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War Stalag Luft XVIIB. New Orleans, LA POW

  • Edwin Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    May - September 1943. Radio operator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romily, France. MACR 473. T/Sgt Myers was a replacement for this mission, he was a...

  • Floyd Terry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Evaded. EE report 382. S/Sgt Terry suffered a frozen left hand due to difficulty in buckling...

  • John Willis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Lt Willis was knocked unconscious as his parachute opened and awoke on the...

  • Benjamin Zum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Zum crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29789 'Big Time Operator'. Mission #25 to the airfield at Romilly, France. MACR 473. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Brooklyn, NY

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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

  • 42-29789 Big Time Operator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-O] Ridgewell Stone, Joe Mello, Bill Grayson; Missing in Action 4m Romilly 3/9/43 with Ben Zum, Navigator: John...

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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Arlington, Virginia
Prisoner of War 3 September 1943

Stalag Luft XVIIB

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 06:03:17 ARowe95 Changes to biography and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2017 12:01:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 473;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 03:16:23 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 473

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