42-29983 Gloria Ann, Iris, Uncle Sammy

media-24004.jpeg UPL 24004 B-17 #42-29983 "Iris" renamed later-on to "Uncle Sammy".
Crew of 1st Lt. Atkinson, Challen P. , 381BG 533BS.
Crashed on August 17, 1943 after raid to Schweinfurt and Flak damage nearby Adenau (Germany).

Nose Art Collection by Steinweden, Joakim (Germany)

Object Number - UPL 24004 - B-17 #42-29983 "Iris" renamed later-on to "Uncle Sammy". Crew of 1st Lt. Atkinson, Challen P. , 381BG 533BS. Crashed on August 17, 1943 after raid...

Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X] Ridgewell 17-Jun-43.

Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17-Aug-43 Damaged by flak and abandonded over Kesseling, Germany, five miles SW of Ahrweiler, Germany. The entire crew baled out but two crewmen were found dead in dense woods entangled in trees. Record is not clear if they were killed because they landed in the trees or were shot by the German Army or civilians. Missing Air Crew Report 398 - 2KIA 8POW. Named IRIS originally with 381BG for the girlfriend of the pilot, but the pair broke their relationship and the pilot renamed the aircraft UNCLE SAMMY.

P 1LT Challen P. Atkinson (KIA); CP 2LT Murray E. Dulberger (POW)

N 2LT Fred Freiberger (POW); B 2LT Julian M. Marks (POW)

E/TTG TSGT Richard J. Hanna (POW); RO TSGT Stanley C. Kasha (POW)

BTG SSGT James C. McGoldrick (KIA); RWG SSGT Peter A. Katsarelis (POW)

LWG SSGT Herbert A. Goss (POW); TG SSGT John Hyk (POW)

Connections

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-735501
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-677683
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-673530
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18116704
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19090861
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail gunner/Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer

Places

Missions

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ol Swayback, Moor Fidite
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's Angel
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: King Malfunction II
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
B-17 42-30245 Lucky Lady
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lucky Lady
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date
ContributorARowe95
ChangesChanges to aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to description
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Correcting typo in Description.

Date
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added nicknames and coding; Made connections to Units, Places and Missions; Edited Description with loss details and "Uncle Sammy" nickname and converted dates to USAAF military-style signification; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of crew members, Formatted crew display. Sources: "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) MACR 398; American Battlee Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

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ContributorAAM
ChangesAAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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