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42-38004

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/11/43; Presque Is 30/11/43; Prestwick, UK 7/12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 6/1/44; 6 Missing in Action Eschwege 19/4/44 with Bob Rayburn, Co-pilot: Maynard Craft, Radio Operator: Don Peterson (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Loren Morse, Bombardier: Ralph Simons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Purser, Ball turret gunner: John Bristow, Waist gunner: De Forest Main,Tail gunner: Gerald Gerber (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, the flak set wing alight, crashed Rohrsburg, NW of Frettenrode, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4052. OL’ MAN TUCKER.

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

  • John Bristow

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Not an original member of the crew. Assisted the wounded S/Sgt DeForest E. Main out...

  • Maynard Craft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action (KIA). Not an original member of the crew. Very first mission....

  • Edward Creevy

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret Gunner. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission (#76) to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553 "Myer's Flaw". Killed in Action (KIA)/ MIA. Member of the...

  • Carl Gardon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Gardon Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Collided with another aircraft 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31291 "Avengress" outside Berlin. Mission #116. MACR 5176. Killed in Action (KIA). Former co-pilot for Rayburn Crew. Buried in St Boniface Cemetery,...

  • Gerald Gerber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR #4052. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft XVIIB, Krems, Austria. ...

  • DeForest Main

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Rayburn crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 'Ol' Man Tucker'. Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. 3 KIA, 6 POW. Wounded in the left side and leg by 20mm shrapnel. After bailing out,...

  • Loren Morse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III. Roomed with Lt Ralph Simons at Luft...

  • Lloyd Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Left Waist Gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Transferred from crew at unknown date with changes of crews from 10 to 9 men. Minnesota

  • Donald Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down April 19, 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action. ...

  • William Purser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    TT/ENG, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Landed near S/Sgt DeForest E. Main and assisted with his wounds. Together they...

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Missions

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2017 18:50:44 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2017 03:55:46 ARowe95 Changes to markings
Sources

Additional info by Aaron Rowe

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4052 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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