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John Leslie Bristow

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Ball Turret gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Not an original member of the crew. Assisted the wounded S/Sgt DeForest E. Main out of the heavily damaged aircraft. Prisoner of War (POW). Died in an automobile accident in 1964.
Rockfish, NC.

POW

Service

People

  • Maynard Craft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action (KIA). Not an original member of the crew. Very first mission....

  • Carl Gardon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Gardon Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Collided with another aircraft 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31291 "Avengress" outside Berlin. Mission #116. MACR 5176. Killed in Action (KIA). Former co-pilot for Rayburn Crew. Buried in St Boniface Cemetery,...

  • Gerald Gerber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR #4052. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft XVIIB, Krems, Austria. ...

  • DeForest Main

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Rayburn crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 'Ol' Man Tucker'. Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. 3 KIA, 6 POW. Wounded in the left side and leg by 20mm shrapnel. After bailing out,...

  • Loren Morse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III. Roomed with Lt Ralph Simons at Luft...

  • Lloyd Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Left Waist Gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Transferred from crew at unknown date with changes of crews from 10 to 9 men. Minnesota

  • Donald Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down April 19, 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action. ...

  • William Purser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    TT/ENG, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Landed near S/Sgt DeForest E. Main and assisted with his wounds. Together they...

  • Robert Rayburn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in a mass grave at the Jefferson Barracks National...

  • Ralph Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III. Roomed with Lt Loren Morse at...

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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

  • 42-38004 Ol' Man Tucker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/11/43; Presque Is 30/11/43; Prestwick, UK 7/12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 6/1/44; 6 Missing in Action Eschwege 19/4/44 with Bob Rayburn, Co-pilot: Maynard Craft, Radio Operator: Don Peterson (3 Killed in Action);...

Missions

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

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...

  • Eschwege

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rockfish, NC, USA 1 March 1921
Based 19 April 1944
Prisoner of War 19 April 1944
Died Fayetteville, NC 21 September 1964

Auto accident
(17-5-1965?)

Buried Fayetteville, NC

Galatia Presbyterian Church

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07 June 2018 02:33:44 ARowe95 Changes to events and place associations
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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 4052, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4052 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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