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John S Channell

Military

Tail gunner, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run and was thought to be lost over the sea. Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands AMC.
S/Sgt Channell transferred from the RCAF in June 1943. He was an original member of the Robbins crew.
Binger, OK
Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 23 September 1943 mission to Nantes, France.
Credited with three German fighters destroyed on the 8 October 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany.

Service

People

  • Edison Eichhorn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Noxon crew. Original member of the Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action. The aircraft...

  • George Giovannini

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Noxon crew. Original member of the Sunde crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 "Four Aces-Pat Hand". Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The...

  • Peter Ludwigsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shorty after the bomb run...

  • Paul Mogush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • Donald Noxon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plants at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb...

  • Toby Phillips

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the...

  • Joseph Robbins

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at Boxhum. ...

  • Harry Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand". Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • John Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation shortly after the bomb run...

  • Walter Utley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Noxon crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the checmical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft left formation after the bomb run...

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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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31111 Four Aces, Pat Hand

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/9/43; Scott 4/10/43; Wilmington 7/10/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 19/10/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Don Noxon, Co-pilot: George Giovannini, Navigator: Edison Eichhorn, Bombardier: Walt Utley, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Binger, Oklahoma, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 1 December 1943
Died 1 December 1943
Buried

Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 03:05:58 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 06:19:56 ARowe95 Changes to biography, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1659 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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