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Dexter Lishon

Military

Pilot, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in AC #42-30722 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. All of the crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and they were then separated. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.
25 June 1943 piloted a B-17 surviving fighter attack with loss of TG S/Sgt Tieman. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. Was not 42-30722 as this aircraft was not built until July 1943

May have been copilot for 29 July 1943 flight with pilot Arthur Briggs which crash landed in Norfolk on return from Kiel in B17 #42-3221 'Whale Tail' with 3 engines out. Crew returned.
Lowell, MA

Service

People

  • Darrell DeBolt

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    May 1943 - March 1944. Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Robert Gluck

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534h BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. All the crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt then separated....

  • Canute Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. The crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then they were separated. Prisoner...

  • Carlton Long

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. All of the crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then separated. Prisoner...

  • Clarence Madison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. The crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then were separated. Prisoner of War...

  • William Marques

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. The crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then they were...

  • John Phelan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wroblicka Crew. Original member of Lishon Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew...

  • Lloyd Riddle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. The crew was together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then were separated....

  • Phillip Rokosa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. All the crew were together in captivity on a train to...

  • Donald Rutan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot ; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Lishon crew. Pilot, Rutan Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

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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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30722 Bobby T

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19/7/43; Grand Isle 16/8/43; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 31/8/43; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 20/9/43; Missing in Action 1m Bremen 8/10/43 with Capt Dexter Lishon, Co-pilot: Carlton Long, Navigator: Bob Gluck, Bombardier:...

  • 42-3221

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Dexter Lishon, Co-pilot: Don Rutan, Navigator: Darrell DeBolt, Bombardier: Bob Gluck, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Canute Johnson, Radio Operator: Ivan...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War 8 October 1943

Stalag Luft I

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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 1398, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 206-7 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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