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42-29506

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Chelveston 2/3/43 YE WHITE SWAN; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Jason Duncan, Waist gunner: Harry Starkey, Waist gunner: Morris Wall, Tail gunner: Roy Mattson (4 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Harry Allchin, Navigator: Mac Huffman, Bombardier: Bob Kesslar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vinal Wade, Radio Operator: Ed Doherty, Ball turret gunner: Leon Jeffers (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft started fire in #1, but ship exploded in air, crashed Steenvoorde, five miles E of Cassel, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1578. FULL BOOST.

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

  • Harry Allchin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Billy Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | aerial gunner/Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born Dec 1920 in KY. Both his parents died before he reached the age of 4. He was raised by his grandparents. He enlisted in the Army (infantry) in the late 1930's and spent time working with the CCC. He worked at the Lake Washington Shipyard ...

  • Edward Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. This was S/Sgt Doherty's first...

  • Jason Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plants at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solingen, Germany. MACR 1578. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Mac Huffman

    Civilian | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt...

  • Leon Jeffers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. S/Sgt Jeffers oxygen line was shot...

  • Robert Kesslar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt...

  • Roy Mattson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. S/Sgt Mattson was...

  • Harold Starkey

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Sgt Starkey was wounded and...

  • Vinal Wade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!' . Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. T/Sgt Wade was wounded in the...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2021 21:36:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2017 05:55:41 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2016 19:10:15 LUCKY PARTNERS Changes to media associations
Sources

Lucky Partners

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1578 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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