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42-30027

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-E] Ridgewell 25/5/43, with Bob Schrader, Ken Johnson, Ed Rogers, Ed Samara, Bill Cutting, Bill Yarnell, Earl Wietz, Cecil Pruiett, Lew Frisbee, Steve Kurnafil; Missing in Action `1m` Hamburg 25/6/43 with Bob Schrader, Co-pilot: Capt John Hamilton, Navigator: Ed Rogers, Bombardier: Ed Samara*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Cutting*, Radio Operator: Bill Yarnell, Ball turret gunner: Cecil Pruiett, Waist gunner: Theo Leidecker, Waist gunner: Stephen Kurnafil,Tail gunner: Lewis Frisby* (10KIA-*bodies washed up on nearby beaches); flak, crashed three miles W of Benserseil, opposite Langeroog Is, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 162.

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

  • William Cutting

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). T/Sgt Cutting is surmised as to have bailed out and possibly drowned. His body washed ashore on...

  • Lewis Frisbee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Schrader, R. Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. KIA. The aircraft crashed into the sea. Sgt Frisbee is surmised to have bailed out and possibly drowned. His body...

  • John Hamilton

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Schrader, Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Original member of the 533rd BS and Hendricks crew. 533rd Squadron Operations Officer. Cpt Hamilton replaced original crew member 2Lt Kenneth Johnson as co-pilot on the mission. Shot down 25 June...

  • Kenneth Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Schrader, R. Crew. 533d BS, 381st BG, 8th AF. Original member of the Schrader crew replaced by Cpt John Hamilton for Mission #3 to Hamburg. The aircraft crashed into the sea with 9 KIA and 1 POW/Died of wounds the same day.

  • Stephen Kurnafil

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). Sgt Kurnafil bailed out and was captured. He was placed in the Marine Hospital at Sanderbusch...

  • Theodore Leidecker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Replaced original crew member SSgt Earl Weitz for the mission. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed into the sea...

  • Cecil Pruiett

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. The aircraft crashed into the sea. His body was never recovered. Killed in Action (KIA). Recorded on the Tablets of the...

  • Edward Rogers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed near Bensersiel, Germany. His body was never recovered. Recorded on...

  • Edward Samara

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt Samara is surmised to have bailed out and possibly drowned. The aircraft crashed into...

  • Robert Schrader

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Schrader Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. One of the original pilots of the 533rd BS. Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft went down near Bensersiel, Germany....

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

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 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 162 / MACR 1620 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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