42-31135 Suzy Sagtitz

Object Number - UPL 16220 - B-17G-5-BO #42-31135 "Suzy Sagtitz" Code: W 388th BG - 562nd Bomb Squadron This a/c was shot down on 6 March 1944 with the Monty Givens Crew.

Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Gr Isle 8/10/43; Romulus 12/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 14/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Montgomery Givens, Co-pilot: Harry Teat, Navigator: Ken Betts, Bombardier: Larry McMillan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Kesanen, Radio Operator: Jim Geraghty, Ball turret gunner: Tom Foulds, Waist gunner: Jack Karr, Tail gunner: Dan Walstra (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Willard McGee (KIA-killed by enemy a/c, over Holland); enemy aircraft, crashed Oud Schoonebekerveld, alongside Dommerkanaal, near Emmen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 3082. SUSIE-SAG-TITZ. Suzy was shot down at 15:05 hours by Hauptmann Hugo Frey in his FW109, who himself was killed in the air to air battle, after shooting down 4 B-17s in the battle. Suzy was a loaner AC, Givens AC 'Quarterback', was being repaired from battle damage from March 4 Berlin Mission.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-807969
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35153506
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16109645
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12128149
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator and Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741896
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Cheyenne, WY, USA 25 September 1943

Assigned

Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 14 October 1943 388th BG

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

near Emmen, Netherlands 6 March 1944 shot down by FW 190's

Revisions

Date12 Feb 2020 21:47:20
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date19 Oct 2017 18:54:50
Contributorferrolad1968
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Jim Karr (son of m/Sgt Jack Karr TG)

Date19 Oct 2017 18:52:38
Contributorferrolad1968
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Jim Karr (son of S/Sgt Jack Karr TG)

Date17 Oct 2017 20:10:19
Contributorferrolad1968
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My father, Jack Karr, witnessed the death of Willard McGee. McGee was the only KIA, all others were POW. Givens was hidden by Dutch until captured 2 days later. My father, Jack, was wounded in inner thighs by attacking enemy a/c, and was the last to bail out after witnessing McGee's death.

Date3 Jun 2015 03:00:19
Contributor466thHistorian
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Chris Brassfield

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:36
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3082 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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