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Joseph Kenneth Robbins

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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. #2 and #4 engines knocked out/on fire by fighters. MACR 385. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & Stalag VIIA.

Service

People

  • John Channell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    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...

  • Charles Dodge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. 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 Vereinight Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

  • Stuart Doll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, 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 of Boxhum. #2...

  • Fred Evans

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. 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 Boxham. #2 and #4...

  • Kenneth Hackett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, 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 of...

  • Herbert Kern

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Evans, Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. 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. ...

  • John Lander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, 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 was hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at...

  • 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...

  • Walter Mesler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission 317 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

  • Charles Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. 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 of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

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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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29950 Forget Me Not

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Pueblo 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Chas Dowell, Fred Evans, John Lander, Clarry Watkins, Chas Dodge, Herb Kern, Walt Wessler, Chas Miller, Stuart Doll, Ken...

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...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 May 1920
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 12 August 1943

Stalag Luft III
Stalag VIIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2022 06:00:47 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Updated the location of the "POW" event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2018 18:30:07 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
16 March 2018 16:24:03 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 03:52:55 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 17:57:43 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 385 / MACR 385, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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