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Henry Ignatius Lipsky

Military

Navigator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. This was his 13th mission. He arrived at Ridgewell unassigned to a crew.
Glen Lyon, PA
The 1st Bomb Wing/381st BG did not hear the recall while over the continent. 180 out of 700 bombers continued the mission without fighter cover. The 533rd BS lost 6 of 9 aircraft. The 381st BG earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation.
POW/Purple Heart

Service

People

  • William Ingram

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in the MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Fred Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Eugene Kracium

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB....

  • Arthur Loehrer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG. McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft...

  • Matthew McEvoy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Matthew J McEvoy served as a pilot with the 381st Bomb Group, 533rd BS, 8th AF from Ridgewell, Essex. ...

  • Nicholas Nikitin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879, Klein crew). Prisoner of War...

  • Mack Sexton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. RWG, McEvoy crew. Original member of the Schultz, E crew. 381st BG, 533rd BBS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile...

  • Jack Trueblood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Charles Wernecker

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Waist gunner. Original member of the McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Member of the Thornton J crew. 535th BS. To hospital

  • Weldon Wittwer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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

  • 42-29999 Fertile Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 8/5/43 GENIE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell, England

    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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, USA
Based 11 November 1943 – 11 January 1944

Originally unassigned to a crew

Prisoner of War Barth, Germany 11 January 1944

Stalag Luft I

Died 7 May 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 21:06:09 ARowe95 Changes to events
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 04:45:34 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1880, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1880 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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