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Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-20930.jpeg UPL 20930 Milton K. Goodridge Crew
492nd BG - 856th BS

Standing Left to Right: Milton K. Goodridge (P), Abraham Schonfeld (N), Earl Davis (CP)

Kneeling Left to Right: Everette Bolte (G), Charles Ippolito (R/O), James Stuckey (G), John Stazen (G), Theodore Kossey (FE), Fairce Conner (G)

This crew was shot down on their 33rd mission. The plane blew up over the Baltic Sea. The only survivor was Goodridge who was blown clear by the explosion and rescued from the sea by the Germans.

Object Number - UPL 20930 - Milton K. Goodridge Crew 492nd BG - 856th BS Standing Left to Right: Milton K. Goodridge (P), Abraham Schonfeld (N), Earl Davis (CP) Kneeling...

Shot down by fighters and crashed at Stettin on 6/20/44 in B-24 Bottle Baby # 4440169 Killed in Action (KIA)



KIA

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Units served with

A Swedish Soldier guards a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40159) nicknamed "Boulder Buff" of the 492nd Bomb Group that has landed in Sweden.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group 856th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-807820
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group 856th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Bottle Baby
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group 856th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Fort Thomas, KY, USA 6 August 1941

Died

Baltic Sea 20 June 1944 The Goodridge Crew 812 was one of the many casualties suffered by the 492nd on 20 Jun 44 during a bombing raid on the well defended oil refineries at Politz. While approaching the target from the Baltic Sea, the Group came under an attack by the Luftwaffe. The crew's plane was hit by cannon fire. It lost a wing, rolled over and dove. Then it blew up. Goodridge, the only survivor, didn't jump but was blown from the plane. He was picked up by a German patrol boat. The rest of his crew was claimed by the Baltic. 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7081.

Born

Kentucky, USA

Buried/ Commemorated

Tablet of The Missing Cambridge American Cemetery
Estill County, KY, USA

Revisions

Date
ContributorLucy May
Changes
Sources

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Source:
MACR 7081 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date
ContributorAAM
Changes
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7081

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