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Barnicle Crew, 381st BG, 535th BS
STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: S/Sgt Henry Harris (left waist gunner), Lt William A Schobert (pilot), Lt T E Barnicle (command pilot), S/Sgt E G Graybill (waist gunner)
KNEELING LEFT TO RIGHT: T/Sgt Alfred I Haugen (engineer), Lt C J Robertson (navigator), S/Sgt T G Bowser (tail gunner), Lt Charles Wesley Nevius (bombardier), T/Sgt Melvin Samuels (radio), S/Sgt William A "Bill" Karcher Jr (ball turret gunner)



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • Thomas Barnicle

    Military | Pilot
    Barnicle, T. Crew

  • Thomas Bowser

    Military | Tail Gunner
    23 missions Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Schobert, W. Crew

  • Edward Graybill

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer

  • Henry Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier
    Snyder, R. Crew spent 20yr in the Army Air Corp/U.S. Air Force

  • Alfred Haugen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    RWG, Jones Crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Damaged July 24, 1943 in B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" and crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • William Karcher

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner
    Demagalski G. Crew

  • Charles Nevius

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Bombardier, Jones Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) at Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • Corbin Robertson

    Military | Navigator
    Barnicle, T. Crew

  • Melvin Samuels

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Radio operator, Evans R crew. 382st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Crashed landed on 4 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29923 'Lucky Strike' near Nolfolk due to low fuel, iced windshield. Attempted to land in a field and hit a ditch, 2 crewmembers KIA. Mission #56 to...

  • Wayne Schobert



  • 43-37704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-J] Ridgewell 16/6/44; battle damaged {17m} Cauvincourt 8/8/44 with Bob Beackley, Co-pilot: Capt Tom Barnicle, Navigator: Don Stewart, Bombardier: Jim Long, Flight...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 21:46:23 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations