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42-30012

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; 2nd AF / 381st BG / 534th BS Smoky Hill 7/5/43 (Squadron original aircraft); Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 8th AF / 1st BW / 103rd CBW (P) / 381st BG / 534th BS [GD-K] Ridgewell 4/6/43 with Bob Fricks, Martin Downey, Ray Lyons, Edwin Vincent, Guy Phillips, Atchmonde Logan, Theo Cason, Dallas Vaughn, Bill Vance, Bob Calhoun;

Missing in Action 10m Anklam 9/10/43 with Maj Landon Hendricks (CO), Co-pilot: Capt Bob Withers, Navigator: Capt Bill Turner, Bombardier: Capt Leo English, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas McNeil, Radio Operator: John Willdridge, Ball turret gunner: Jerome Arbiter, Waist gunner: Ernie O’Hara, Waist gunner: Lloyd Howard, Tail gunner: Lt Bill Duggan (10 Killed in Action) (crew from the 533rd BS); enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, last seen N of Texel Is, Holl.; Missing Air Crew Report 887.

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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jerome Arbiter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking out #2 and ...

  • William Duggan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot, Tail Gunner, Observer | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner/Observer, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters,...

  • Leo English

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Hendricks crew. Squadron Bombardier, 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by...

  • Landon Hendricks

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Hendricks/ Withers crew. Squadron Commander. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Loyd Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking out #2 and ...

  • Charles McNeil

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking out #2 and...

  • Ernest O'Hara

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Hendricks/Withers crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking out...

  • William Turner

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator, Hendricks crew. Squadron Navigator. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30012. Mission No. 37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. The aircraft left formation with No.1 engine smoking and was attacked by...

  • John Willdridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Hendricks crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was attacked by fighters, knocking...

  • Robert Withers

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot ; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Hendricks crew. Regular pilot of most of the crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30012. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 887. The aircraft left formation with #1 engine smoking and was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 9 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2018 15:30:35 terveurn Changes to markings
Sources

from load-outs

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2018 15:29:49 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from 534th BS load-out sheets

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 05:32:48 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 02:33:19 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 02:31:05 ARowe95 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 887 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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