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42-30140

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
Pilot - 1LT Jack Painter (KIA-body still in a/c)
Co-Pilot - 2LT Everett Ragan (flew in Tail Gunner position as Observer for Schweinfurt MSN)
*Co-pilot for Schweinfurt MSN - 1LT Robert Nelson (Group Operations Officer)
Navigator - 2LT William J. Keays
Bombardier - 2LT Lloyd Duke
Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner - S/Sgt Matthew Kowalski
Radio Operator - S/Sgt William Balentine
Left Waist Gunner - S/Sgt Norman G. Whitman,
Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt Raymond Genz
Ball Turret Gunner - S/Sgt Allen J. Kellogg
Tail Gunner - S/Sgt James Mizell
Flak KO’d #3 & #4 feathered, crashed Esch, five miles SE of Munstereifel, Ger.
1 x KIA; 8 x Prisoner of War; 2 x Crew EVD (Nelson & Genz)
Missing Air Crew Report 379. KING MALFUNCTION II.

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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...

  • 42-29978 Hell's Angel

    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,...

  • 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...

  • 42-30245 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...

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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

  • William Balentine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW). South Carolina

  • Lloyd Duke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Genz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Evaded. ...

  • William Keays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    May - August 1943. Navigator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Allen Kellogg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded in the right leg while in the aircraft. Had met up...

  • Matthew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Mizell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Possibly Evaded, EVD report not found.

  • Robert Nelson

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot ; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Painter crew. Group Operations officer flying as the Deputy Group lead. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR...

  • Jack Painter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Painter crew. 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Killed in Action (KIA). Body found in the plane. Buried...

  • Everett Ragan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Observer | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Tail gunner, Observer, Painter crew. 381st BG, 432nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at...

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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) Bad Münstereifel, Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 01:18:32 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 05:05:23 lewis505 Changes to media associations
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MACR 379

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 05:02:58 lewis505 Changes to place associations
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MACR 379

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 05:02:05 lewis505 Changes to aircraft associations
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MACR 379

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 05:00:11 lewis505 Changes to markings
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MACR 379

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 04:43:40 lewis505 Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

MACR 379; personal interviews conducting SGM Chris Lewis (nephew of Norman Whitman) with surviving crewmembers 1998-2002;

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 379 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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