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42-107088

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 25/3/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with John Doyle, Co-pilot: Julian Prokopovitz, Navigator: Dick Richards, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon Wise, Radio Operator: Chas Harker, Ball turret gunner: Logan Thompson, Waist gunner: Bob Helman (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bernie Leavitt, Tail gunner: Bob Matthews (2 Prisoner of War); flak direct in right wing, crashed Toctoucau-at-Pessac, two miles SW of Bordeaux, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5994.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Doyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 June 1944 in A/C #42-107088. Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster & Purple heart

  • Charles Harker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down at Tartyfume in B-17 #42107088 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Helman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 June 1944 in AC #42107988

  • Bernard Leavitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down at Tartyfume on 6/19/44 in B-17 #42107088. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Robert Matthews

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down on 6/19/44 in B-17 #42107088 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Julian Prokopovitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 June 1944 in AC #42107088

  • Fred Razook

    Military | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Doyle, J. Crew

  • Richard Richards

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Doyle, J. Crew, Epinal AMC Killed in Action (KIA) 19 June 1944 in A/C #42-107088.

  • Logan Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 June 1944 in A/C #42-107088. ...

  • Gordon Wise

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 June 1944 in B-17 #42107088. MACR lists 'Killed in Action (KIA). ' Name appears on Wall of Missing at Rhone American Cemetery. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Places

  • Ridgewell

    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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 19 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2021 19:42:19 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5994 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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