42-102481 Kentucky Winner

Object Number - UPL 20571 - Kentucky Winner (42-102481) was flown only once on 18 Jan 1945 by Lester Wise, pilot, on a mission from Great Ashfield to Kaiserslautern. He flew...

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-P] Gt Ashfield 20/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Bill Cocker, Bill Chaney, Harold Morthorst, Bob Crider, Ellis Murray, Vince Figini, Joe Ryan, Harry Grimet (8 Returned to Duty); Bill Martsch (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Grodzisk, Poland. Missing Air Crew Report 13141. KENTUCKY WINNER.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 18 January 1945

Events

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Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Russia 1945-03-18

Revisions

Date18 Mar 2019 18:45:54
ContributorBolter 77
Sources

Grodzisk is in Poland. In March 1945 Soviet troops stationed in this area.

Date5 Nov 2018 20:24:58
Contributoramorthorst
Sources

Correct a name to be Harold Morthorst

Date26 Feb 2016 15:37:01
Contributorssharkey
Sources

385 Bomb Group Website

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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