Challen P Atkinson

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Pilot. Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC 42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried by the Germans in Community cemetery of Reifferscheid.
1Lt Atkinson bailed out of the aircraft with Lt Dulberger. They spoke to each other while descending until they landed on opposite sides of a hill. Another crew member saw Lt Atkinson on the ground at a distance. He lost sight of him and then heard gunfire. German civilians reported to authorities that they witnessed Lt Atkinson's parachute fail to open.
Fremont, Tx

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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

People

  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13028834
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Gloria Ann, Iris, Uncle Sammy
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 338th Bomb Squadron 533rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Killed in Action (KIA)

Germany 17 August 1943

Born

Premont, Texas, USA

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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 398 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database