42-29954 Devil's Angel

42-29954

Object Number - UPL 60218 - Photo dated 16th July 1943

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, Walt Cecil; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Bill Wroblicka, Co-pilot: Claude Neeley, Navigator: Dave Harris, Bombardier: Lester Schneider, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Labusheivicz, Radio Operator: Fred Smith (6 Prisoner of War). Ball turret gunner: Edwin Jonson, Waist gunner: John Kratzer, Waist gunner: John Phelan, Tail gunner: Walt Cecil (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Hemmerich, NW of Bonn, Ger. MACR 383. DEVIL'S ANGEL.

According to Joe Baugher's USAAF database - hit by AAA over Koln, Germany and shot down by Uffz Heinrich Heuser in Fw 190A-5 of JG 26/2,  Aug 12, 1943.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38234081
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-670119
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37197647
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20500924
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36320870
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer

Places

Missions

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Forget Me Not
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Margie Mae
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date8 Jan 2023 22:43:54
ContributorTallPaul19
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Photos uploaded of aircraft's nose art to both sides of fuselage - Courtesy of Fans of B-17 Facebook Group. 

Further details of aircraft's last mission added courtesy of Joe Baugher's USAAF database. 

Date21 Apr 2022 16:49:03
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date3 Nov 2017 19:45:14
ContributorARowe95
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ARowe95

Date3 Nov 2017 03:20:48
ContributorARowe95
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ARowe95

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:25
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 383 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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