Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-29978

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-F] Ridgewell 31/5/43 with Reinhardt King, Neil Wright, Ed McGlynn, Francis Petrillo, Cecil Floura, Maynard Unger, Joe Lyons, Albt Pollard, Bob Dwyer, Julius Mann; Missing in Action 3m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Reinhardt King, Co-pilot: Henry Peeples, Navigator: Ed McGlynn, Bombardier: Francis Petrillo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Floura, Radio Operator: Maynard Unger, Ball turret gunner: Albt Pollard, Waist gunner: Julius Mann, Waist gunner: Bob Dwyer, Tail gunner: Joe Lyons (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Bad Schwalbach, six miles NW of Wiesbaden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 382. HELL'S ANGEL.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moor Fidite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action...

  • 42-29983 Gloria Ann, Iris, Uncle Sammy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X...

  • 42-30028 Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Henry Peeples, Co-pilot: Jack Rogers, Navigator: Cliff Haverkamp, Bombardier: Vernon Nicholson, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-30140 King Malfunction II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 ...

  • 42-30245 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Weldon Simpson (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Doug Roraback (evaded capture), Co-pilot: Elden...

  • 42-3092 Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 4/43 with Capt Bob Post, Bob Nelson, Fred Nudell engineer, Harry Baylerian radio, Capt Joe Murray S-2, M/Sgt Andy Banas line chief, S/Sgt Joe Johnson elec/spec, Cpl...

  • 42-3220 Damfino

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m...

  • 42-3225 Widget, Chug-A-Lug Lulu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/6/43 WIDGET with Loren Disbrow, Co-pilot: Allen Chapin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: George Gaydos, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otto Bruzewski, Tom Crowley...

  • 42-3227

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Presque Isle 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 26/5/43. Pilot Hamden L. Forkner; Co-Pilot Joseph A. Kelly; Navigator Robert E. Hyatt; Bombardier Edwin L. Vincent (substitute for Keith Moore); Engineer/Top Turret...

Show more

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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Dwyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382. Prisoner of...

  • Cecil Floura

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in the B-17 #42-29978 'Hells Angel". Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382. Prisoner...

  • Reinhardt King

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    March - August 1943. Pilot, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on...

  • Joseph Lyons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in the B-17 #42-29978 'Hells Angel". Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382....

  • Julius Mann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382....

  • Edward McGlynn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    April - August 1943. Navigator, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 :Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on...

  • Henry Peeples

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382....

  • Francis Petrillo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in the B-17 #42-29978 'Hells Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR...

  • Albert Pollard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382. Prisoner of...

  • Maynard Unger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, King crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29978 'Hell's Angel'. Mission 320 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. #4 engine was damaged and the right wing was on fire. MACR 382....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 19:40:15 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the last name of Cecil Floura in the A/C Description.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 22:29:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 18:16:14 ARowe95 Changes to markings
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 18:15:01 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations and person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 20:05:36 Rainer Changes to mission associations
Sources

Updated connections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 382 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share