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James Russel Settle

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Co-pilot, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Lt Settle along with other members of his crew was hidden by the Dutch underground until captured in Brussels, Belgium on 20 March 1944 in civilian clothes. He evaded for 29 days. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XVIIA.
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  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to the marshalling yards at Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. He had glass in is eyes from the exploding nose...

  • Perry Beach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW-190's on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. S/Sgt Beach was wounded in the aircraft so Sgt Eason (radio operator) manned...

  • Wilbert Eason

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Sgt Eason had left his radio to man the top turret guns after S/Sgt...

  • William Farrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 381st Bomb Group
    Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF.

  • Leopold Flores

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. He had a right knee injury. Evaded...

  • Walter Garrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF.

  • Peter Hlynsky

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Killed in Action (KIA). As Sgt Hlynsky was...

  • Harold Holtz

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Killed in Action (KIA). Sgt Holtz was...

  • Harry Lee

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Sgt Lee was found by the Dutch underground still in the aircraft...

  • John Mueller

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Coyle crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Damaged by rocket fire and exploded and crashed after the crew baled out on a mission to Berlin on a 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3215 'Linda Mary'. MACR 3000. Prisoner of War...

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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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29761 Martha II, Lucky Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43 RUTH L II (re-named LUCKY LADY); transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 14/7/43; Missing in Action 28m Brunswick 30/1/44 with...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 21 December 1918
Based 20 January 1944 – 30 January 1944

Original member of the Garrett crew.

Prisoner of War 21 March 1944 – 23 March 1944

Dulag Luft

Prisoner of War 68-100 Zagan, Poland 26 March 1944 – 27 January 1945

Stalag Luft III

Priosner of War Info Stalag VII A, 85368 Moosburg an der Isar, Germany 3 February 1945 – 29 April 1945

Stalag VIIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2018 21:07:11 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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22 March 2018 02:17:59 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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19 February 2018 19:18:34 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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14 February 2018 04:34:04 ARowe95 Changes to biography and events
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14 February 2018 04:24:24 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2244 / MACR 2244, Losses or the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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