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42-5847

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-T] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Guerdon Humason, Alf Casaly, Leroy Hames, Bill Tsialas, John Ivey, Albt Parker, Joe Kralik, Frank Fabiano, Walt Anderson, Bob Cummings; Missing in Action 1+m Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Theo Moon, Co-pilot: Jim Hamer, Navigator: Steve Pritz, Bombardier: Bernie McNichol, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Ernharth, Radio Operator: Mike Fleming, Ball turret gunner: John Wheeler, Waist gunner: Wilbur Alsheimer, Waist gunner: Paul Mattfield,Tail gunner: Howie Wood (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Maastricht, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 660. MARGIE MAE.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29950 Forget Me Not

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Pueblo 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Chas Dowell, Fred Evans, John Lander, Clarry Watkins, Chas Dodge, Herb Kern, Walt Wessler, Chas Miller, Stuart Doll, Ken...

  • 42-29954 Devil's Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-D] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Bill Wroblicka, Omen Jones, Jim Delano, Lester Schneider, Joe Labushevicz, Fred Smith, Dick Wante, Edwin Jonson, John Kratzer...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wilbur Alsheimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. New York

  • John Ernharth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. McKeesrock, PA POW

  • Michael Fleming

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIA. New York

  • James Hamer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th Af. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. South Dakota

  • Paul Mattfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Massachusetts

  • Bernard McNichol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War (POW)at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Arizona

  • Theodore Moon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War (at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. California

  • Stephen Pritz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Moon Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XVIIA. Massachusetts

  • John Wheeler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oilw works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Howard Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Moon Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag VIIA. Illinois

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:57:05 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 660 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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