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John C Phelan

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RWG, Wroblicka Crew. Original member of Lishon Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action (KIA). Killed along with S/Sgt Kratzer by 20mm shells while assisting the BTG (S/Sgt Jinson, KIA) with his parachute.

Service

People

  • Walter Cecil

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action ...

  • David Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    February - August 1943. Navigator, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew...

  • Edwin Jonson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action (KIA). S...

  • John Kratzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th crew lost. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Joseph Labushevicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 "Devil's Angel". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew lost. Prisoner of...

  • Dexter Lishon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Lishon crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in AC #42-30722 'Bobby T'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1398. All of the crew were together in captivity on a train to Frankfurt and they were then separated....

  • Claude Neeley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew lost. Prisoner...

  • Lester Schneider

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. Bombardier, Wroblicka crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th...

  • Fred Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Wroblicka crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Lost 2 engines to fighters. 1st 534th BS crew lost....

  • William Wroblicka

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    April - August 1943. Pilot, Wroblicka Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29954 'Devil's Angel'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 383. Hit by fighters and lost 2 engines. 1st...

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Units served with

  • 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

  • 42-29954 Devil's Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-D] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Bill Wroblicka, Omen Jones, Jim Delano, Lester Schneider, Joe Labushevicz, Fred Smith, Dick Wante, Edwin Jonson, John Kratzer...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Summers, Arkansas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 12 August 1943
Died 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 03:42:55 ARowe95 Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 383 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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