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42-3221

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Dexter Lishon, Co-pilot: Don Rutan, Navigator: Darrell DeBolt, Bombardier: Bob Gluck, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Canute Johnson, Radio Operator: Ivan Tieman, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Riddle, Waist gunner: Clarry Madison, Waist gunner: John Pedrosky, Tail gunner: Bill Marques; sustained battle damaged Kiel 5+m 28/7/43 with Major Art Briggs, Co-pilot: Dexter Lishon, Navigator: Capt Norman McKay, Bombardier: Lester Schneider, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Labusheivicz, Radio Operator: Fred Smith, Ball turret gunner: Edwin Johnson, Waist gunner: Russ Batholomae, Waist gunner: John Kratzer, Tail gunner: Lt Claus Neeley (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Thetford, Nfk., with three engines out Salvaged. WHALETAIL.

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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Russell Bartholomae

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    29 July 1943 crash landed in Norfolk on return from Kiel in B17 42-3221 'Whale Tail' with 3 engines out. Crew returned.

  • Arthur Briggs

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    29 July 1943 crash landed in Norfolk on return from Kiel in B17 42-3221 'Whale Tail' with 3 engines out. Crew returned.

  • Edwin Jonson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action (KIA). S...

  • John Kratzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Dexter Lishon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in AC #42-30722 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. All of the crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and they were then separated....

  • Norman Mackey

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    29 July 1943 crash landed in Norfolk on return from Kiel in B17 42-3221 'Whale Tail' with 3 engines out. Crew returned.

  • William Marques

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30772 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. The crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and then they were...

  • Claude Neeley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew lost. Prisoner...

  • Lester Schneider

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. Bombardier, Wroblicka crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th...

  • Fred Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Wroblicka crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew lost....

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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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 18:07:05 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

Marchese, FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 20:27:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added another space in the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 20:26:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2019 00:03:23 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

Added the nickname and a connection to the tail gunner listed in the decription.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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