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German soldier approaching aircraft soon after crash March 2. 1944 B17G 42-39891

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  • Nicholas Abramo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Farr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Evaded.

  • William Hearn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Bombardier, Schultz crew. Original Bombardier, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. 1st mission Emden Germany; Berlin twice; Wilhelmhausen twice; Brunswick, Leipzig, Ski sites, Nancy France, Augsberg, Frankfurt twice. Was on 13th raid (the third to...

  • John Kulwinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hubert Mehaffey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Stalag Luft IV. POW

  • Arthur Neeves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Plemmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Shultz

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    My father, Eugene Shultz, was from a family of 10 and signed up with the Army Air Corps in Jan 42. His exceptional math skills led to his selection for the Aviation Cadet Program and became a B-17 pilot. He arrived at Ridgewell Aerodrome just after the...

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Tail gunner, Butler crew. Member of the Schultz crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot, Butler landed with 3...

  • Robert Trapnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Arlon, Belgium returning from the target of Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39891. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Aircraft

  • 42-39891

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-V] Ridgewell 13/1/44; 3m Missing in Action Frankfurt 2/3/44 with Eugene Shultz, Co-pilot: Howard Plemmons, Navigator: Art Reeves, Bombardier: Bill Hearn, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

Locations

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

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Date Contributor Update
25 July 2018 12:38:05 Dave Abramo Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
25 July 2018 12:24:56 Dave Abramo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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