Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-38009

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 1/12/43; Presque Is 13/12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-N] Ridgewell 8/1/44. 12m Missing in Action on its 12th mission, to Bordeaux-Mérignac, France on 15 June 1944. Pilot Charles Kelley, Co-pilot: Robert C. Disbrow, Navigator: Frank A. J. Champ, Bombardier/Nose gunner Simon J. Wilczek, Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Charles F. Brashear, Radio Operator: Harold C. Brooks Jr, Ball turret gunner: Ralph J. Workman, Right Waist gunner: Alfred M. Campbell Jr, Tail gunner: Donald S. Graham (9 evaded capture - evaded-EVD). Flak KOd two engines, followed by bad vibration, crashed Coimères, four miles SE of Lagon, SW of Bordeaux, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 5799.

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

  • Charles Brashear

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Stayed in the Bordeaux area and was flown from Biarritz to England on 26 September 1944. Evaded (EVD). See the full story of...

  • Harold Brooks

    Military | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Harold Brooks was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-38009. Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 5 August, reached Gibraltar on 14...

  • Alfred Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Alfred Campbell Jr was Right Waist gunner on B-17 #42-38009 hit by Flak on the 15 June 1944 mission to Bordeaux-Mérignac. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into...

  • Frank Champ

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Frank Champ was Navigator on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 4 August, reached Gibraltar on the 25th and...

  • Robert Disbrow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Robert Disbrow was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 4 August. In his E&E Report, he relates...

  • Donald Graham

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Landed in parachute north of Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Stayed in the Bordeaux area, Southern France until flown back to England...

  • Charles Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Charles Kelly was Pilot of B-17 #42-38009 hit by Flak on the 15 July 1944 mission to Bordeaux-Mérignac. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Kelly was helped to evade by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Hidden last in Toulouse, he was back...

  • Simon Wilczek

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down, crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France on 15 June 1944 in B-17 #42-38009. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2297. For more details about his evasion, see his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fwilczesj.html

  • Ralph Workman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball turret gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ralph Workman was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-38009, shot down on 15 June 1944. Crashed Coimères, near Bazas, France. Helped by French citizens and members of the Maquis. Crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain on 5 August, reached Gibraltar on the 14th...

Missions

  • 414

    15 June 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) Coimères, France 15 June 1944

Crashed near Coimères, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 08:59:58 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5799

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5799 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share