42-31357 Our Desire, Man o War II

Object Number - UPL 16670 - 42-31443

Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 11/12/43.

On mission to Achmer 21/2/44 with George McIntosh; Navigator: Allen Bergreen, Bombardier: Bill Piekarski bailed out and became POWs.

Missing in Action 10m Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Jim Mullane, Co-pilot: Pax Sherwood, Navigator: Pat O’Phelan, Bombardier: John Kirby, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Stahlke, Radio Operator: Bob Kettlety, Ball turret gunner: Thaddeus Tarczynski, Waist gunner: Lew Sparrow,Tail gunner: Frank Troxler (9 Prisoner of War); flak ko’d #3, lost altitude and another engine caught fire, eventually ship exploded and crashed Klosterkumbd, four miles N of Simmern/Hunsruck, 22 miles S of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3865. OUR DESIRE.

"Right after bombing Schweinfurt on 13 April 1944 the bomber of pilot James F. Mullane of 381 Bomb Group (535 BS) was hit by flak and engine # 3 quit. The B-17 lost more and more altitude and speed until another engine began smoking and quit.

For a certain time there was an escort of two P-47’s, but when the situation became too dangerous all bailed out. The ship exploded mid-air and crashed at Klosterkumbd, 6 km north of Simmern/Hunsrück. All men survived."

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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 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-685370
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-666770
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot, Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Klosterkumbd, Germany 1944-04-13 Missing in Action 10m Schweinfurt 13-Apr-44 flak ko’d #3, lost altitude and another engine caught fire, eventually ship exploded and crashed Klosterkumbd, four miles Nth of Simmern/Hunsruck, 22 miles S th of Koblenz; MACR 3865.

Manufactured

Seattle, WA, USA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 1943-10-25 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 25-Oct-43.

Assigned

Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 1943-12-11 Assigned 535BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date20 May 2022 13:25:59
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date6 Feb 2019 12:19:57
Date11 Apr 2018 05:29:51
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date26 Oct 2015 09:51:42
ContributorChrisTennet
Sources

Added nickname Man o'War II. Source, own research

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:37
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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