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42-30013

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 22/5/43 with Bill Moore, Dale Wendte, Phil Dreiseszun, Jim Houck, Frank Bryant, Ed Usher, Bill Kithcart, Bill Fortier, Edgerton Zahm, John Watkins; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg 24/7/43 with Bill Moore, Navigator: Phillip Dreiseszun, Radio Operator: John Ivey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Usher, Ball turret gunner: Edgerton Zahm, Waist gunner: Bill Fortier (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dale Wendte, Bombardier: Jim Houck*, Waist gunner: Joe Kralick,Tail gunner: John Watkins* (4KIA - * went down in ship); flak hit #1 & #2, wing blazed; crashed Neustadt Bay, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 130. LETHAL LADY.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29976 Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; force landed Smoky Hill, KS with Frank Spino 3/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-Q] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Jack Owen, Bill Bohan, Liston Bascom, Frank Ronzio, Bill Lindenmeyer,...

  • 42-30153 Worry Wart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co...

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

  • Philip Dreiseszun

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Moore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & Stalag XIIID. Kansas City, MO

  • William Fortier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Missoula, MT

  • James Houck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. 20mm flak to the chest in the nose of the aircraft. Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands...

  • John Ivey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Columbus, GA.

  • Joseph Kralick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. Not a regular crew member. Wounded in the back by 20mm flak. Parachute opened inside of the plane....

  • William Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III, XIIID & Stalag VIIA. Longview, TX

  • Edward Usher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Chicago, IL

  • John Watkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. Killed at his station in the tail of the aircraft. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC. Utica, NY

  • Dale Wendte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. KIA, possibly by civilians. Ponca, NE

  • Edgerton Zahm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG. Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & XIIID. Oberlin, OH

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

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 25 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:38:42 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 130 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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