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42-31111

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 20/9/43; Scott 4/10/43; Wilmington 7/10/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 19/10/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Don Noxon, Co-pilot: George Giovannini, Navigator: Edison Eichhorn, Bombardier: Walt Utley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Ludwigsen, Radio Operator: Toby Phillips, Ball turret gunner: John Thompson, Waist gunner: Harry Thompson, Waist gunner: Paul Mogush, Tail gunner: John Channell (10 Killed in Action); flak damage, believed to have come down in seas on return. Missing Air Crew Report 1659. FOUR ACES - PAT HAND.

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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Channell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run and was thought to be lost over the sea. Tablets of...

  • Edison Eichhorn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Noxon crew. Original member of the Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action. The aircraft...

  • George Giovannini

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Noxon crew. Original member of the Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 "Four Aces-Pat Hand". Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The...

  • Peter Ludwigsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shorty after the bomb run...

  • Paul Mogush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • Donald Noxon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plants at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb...

  • Toby Phillips

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the...

  • Harry Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand". Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • John Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • Walter Utley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the checmical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation after the bomb run...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

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 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 16:27:18 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 23:00:47 ARowe95 Changes to markings, person associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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