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Arden Dean Wilson

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Pilot, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Lugwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.
Parkersburg, WV

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  • Joseph Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Wilson A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Lt Connolly suffered a broken leg after bailing out. Prisoner of...

  • John Embach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. On 7-Jan-44 in B-17F #42-3078 "Winsome Win" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by three German fighters and the crew all baled out (except for Radio Operator, SSgt...

  • Robert Geraghty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Anthony Greco

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Not an original member of the Wilson crew. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Arthur Homer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, Wilson, Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Original member of the Wilson, A crew.

  • Peter Kucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by...

  • Donald McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. Co-pilot, Wison A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I....

  • Richard Nisbet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Killed in Action (KIA). Original crew member of the Wilson, A crew. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Walter Sussek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 173. Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Dow Fd 24/4/43; 4m, transferred 100BG /43; 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15/6/43; 2SAD 13/11/43 ret 15/11/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) 68-100 Zagan, Poland 7 January 1944

Stalag Luft I

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 19:13:40 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx, 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1873, 8th AF Losses

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