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42-3078

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Dow Fd 24/4/43; 4m, transferred 100BG /43; 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15/6/43; 2SAD 13/11/43 ret 15/11/43;

Missing in Action 12+m Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Arden Wilson, Co-pilot: Don McDonald, Navigator: Joe Connolly, Bombardier: Harry Ullom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Embach, Ball turret gunner: Bob Geraghty, Waist gunner: George Hawkins, Waist gunner: Walt Sussek (8 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Pete Kucher,Tail gunner: Tony Grecochute failed (2 Killed in Action); initially hit by flak in 1 x engine [smoking], subsequently set upon by 3 x enemy aircraft, crashed Schiffweiler, near Saarbrucken, Germany. MACR 1873. WINSOME WINN.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 534th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Joseph Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Wilson A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Lt Connolly suffered a broken leg after bailing out. Prisoner of...

  • John Embach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. On 7-Jan-44 in B-17F #42-3078 "Winsome Win" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by three German fighters and the crew all baled out (except for Radio Operator, SSgt...

  • Robert Geraghty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Anthony Greco

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Not an original member of the Wilson crew. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Peter Kucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by...

  • Harry Lease

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    I am writing the following about my uncle Harry Lease, who was assigned as an army airman in the 8th Air Force, 381st Bomber group, 534th Bomber Squadron stationed at the Ridgewell Air Force Base in England. He was a Technical Sergeant and served as...

  • Donald McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. Co-pilot, Wison A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I....

  • Walter Sussek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 173. Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was...

  • Harry Ullom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG. 534th BS, 8th AF. Originally from the 532nd BS. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA January 1943
Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 30 January 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 30-Jan-43.

Assigned Bangor International Airport, 103 Maineiac Ave, Bangor, ME 04401, USA 24 April 1943

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG Dow AAF 24-Apr-43.

Transited through Iceland Keflavík International Airport, 235, Iceland 25 April 1943

Meeks Field, Iceland. 25-Apr-43.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 15 June 1943

Transferred to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF. 15-Jun-43.

Crashed 66578 Schiffweiler, Germany 7 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen mission. Hit by flak & enemy aircraft, crashed Schiffweiler, near Saarbrucken. 8 x POW, 2 x KIA. MACR 1873.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2018 22:07:57 Spooner Changes to media associations
Sources

Rick Williams Personal Collection

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2017 16:58:08 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28693429/?terms=42-3078
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=1873&Submit=Go

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2017 13:03:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28693429/?terms=42-3078
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=1873&Submit=Go

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 16:09:06 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added nickname to nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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