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Lloyd S Jackson

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Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first mission with new crew in B-17 #44-6148 'Smashin Thru' crashed after take off due to mech failures. A/C exploded. Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jul-44.

Awards: AM, BS, PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Benward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Wayne Coffey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4stars)

  • William Cusick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. A/C nosed over into unseen railway cutting and fire caused bomb load to explode. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Albert Fahey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Houston

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Survived crash in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident. ETD ...

  • Richard Kellum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) . ...

  • Darrell Longley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Martyniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Murray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Mechanical failure caused force landing in wheat field in B-17 44-6148 'Smashin Thru' crashed after take off due to mech failures. A/C exploded. Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jul-44. No MACR ...

  • William Scruggs

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Survived crash and subsequent explosion / inferno in B-17 44-6418 'Smashing Thru'. Badly burned in accident and with a broken leg. Hospitalised for 3 years before being medically retired. ...

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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

  • 42-31569 Sweet Patootie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 21/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 19/2/44; Missing in Action 4m Ludwigshafen 3/9/44 with Omar Fulton, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

  • 44-6148 'Smashing Thru'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 16/6/44; 11+m crashed on take off for Munich 13/7/44 with John Houston(severe burns), Co-pilot: Bill Scruggs (same, plus broken leg) (2 Returned to Duty);...

Missions

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 8th Air Force 471

    13 July 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Akron, OH, USA 17 May 1920

Son of Louis and Bessie Jackson.

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 13 July 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

Ditched just north of the Channel Islands while part of crew of 42-97238 'Our Captain'.

Died Vicinity of Great Yeldham 13 July 1944

1st mission with new crew in B-17 44-6148 'Smashin Thru' crashed after take off due to mech failures. A/C exploded. KIA 13-Jul-44.

Buried 14 July 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE 1951

Re-Interred
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Maxwell, Lincoln County, NE

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 16:19:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 12:51:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763072?rec=299353776
D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=98013
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-6148-smashing-thru/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10196655/lloyd-s_-jackson

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 15:52:30 IProctor Changes to events and person associations
Sources

Correction. 381st BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 15:32:50 IProctor Changes to aircraft associations
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Personal Research. 381st BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 15:30:41 IProctor Changes to events, person associations and mission associations
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Personal Research . 381st BG archives.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 15:11:57 IProctor Changes to events
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Personal Research

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 14:58:33 IProctor Changes to awards and aircraft associations
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Personal research. 381st BG Archives.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 10:20:20 IProctor Changes to place associations and mission associations
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20 years of research using original documents in the US

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 10:17:32 IProctor Changes to service number, highest rank, role and awards
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20 Years of research using official sources in the US.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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