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Frederick Henry Ihlenburg Jr

Military

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD

"He always talked about his mission on 8 May 44. It was aboard B-17 42-97530 known as Quittin Time'. The mission to Berlin. The oxygen ran out, had to leave formation; e/a shot out #2 engine and both gas tanks in left wing, BT & TG shot a Me109 each, lost another eng & radio, 5 spars cut and 67 holes. Landed at RAF base where upon touching down one of the wings pretty much broke off. Received first DFC for this mission. It was on this day that the plane he named "Jeanne Ricky" (called Gin Ricky by the men) was shot down. His navigator, Clem Irons, was being tested for lead navigator on that mission so the rest of the crew was assigned to a different AC. Clem and the test crew were shot down and became POWs."

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Danny Altman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 'Jeanne Rickey' for 25 x combat missions. Had 2 x missions on D-Day, 4 x bombing missions to Berlin. ...

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF...

  • Robert Claar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Had sun glasses shot off his nose on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, co-piloting for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover...

  • Clement Irons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

  • 42-97530 "Quittin' Time"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-E] Gt Ashfield 25/1/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, NY 7 July 1919

Son of Frederick H Snr and Louise [Meyer] Ihlenburg.

Enlisted Mitchel Field, Hempstead, Long Island, NY 3 July 1942

Mitchel Field, Hempstead,
Long Island, New York

Based Great Ashfield 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions.

Died Portland, OR, USA 4 April 2001
Buried Willamette National Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, OR 9 April 2001

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland,
Multnomah County, OR
Section 6A Site 408

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 08:44:18 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, nickname, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/263247701?rec=263247745
https://www.fold3.com/record/83554175-frederick-h-ihlenburg-jr
http://www.385thbga.com/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-May-2000.pdf
http://www.genealogybuff.com/ct/state/webbbs_config.pl/noframes/read/200
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/122926126/frederick-henry-ihlenburg

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 03:09:05 MRB Changes to awards
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From his grandson.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 02:20:59 MRB Changes to person associations
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From his grandson, once again.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 02:18:33 MRB Changes to awards, events and place associations
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From his grandson, once again.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 02:17:41 MRB Changes to biography
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I am his grandson.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 02:15:04 MRB Changes to biography and aircraft associations
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I am his grandson. I've heard his stories and have most of his records.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 04:37:22 MRB Changes to biography
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He is my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 04:35:44 MRB Changes to middlename and nickname
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He is my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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