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Matthew J McEvoy

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Matthew J McEvoy served as a pilot with the 381st Bomb Group, 533rd BS, 8th AF from Ridgewell, Essex.

He was shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle' and was taken as a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879).
Lawrenceville, NJ
The 1st Bomb Wing/381st BG did not hear the recall while over the continent. 180 out of 700 bombers continued the mission without fighter cover. The 533rd BS lost 6 of 9 aircraft. The 381st BG earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation.

Service

People

  • William Ingram

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in the MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Fred Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at...

  • Eugene Kracium

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB....

  • Henry Lipsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Arthur Loehrer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG. McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft...

  • Nicholas Nikitin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879, Klein crew). Prisoner of War...

  • Mack Sexton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. RWG, McEvoy crew. Original member of the Schultz, E crew. 381st BG, 533rd BBS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile...

  • Jack Trueblood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Charles Wernecker

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Waist gunner. Original member of the McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Member of the Thornton J crew. 535th BS. To hospital

  • Weldon Wittwer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, McEvoy crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29999 'Fertile Myrtle'. MACR 1880 (8 pages in MACR 1879). Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB....

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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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29999 Fertile Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 8/5/43 GENIE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Based 16 November 1943 – 11 January 1944
Prisoner of War Barth, Germany 16 January 1944 – 1945

Captured 16 January 1944
Stalag Luft I

Died 24 December 1990

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 00:09:09 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 04:35:51 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:26:12 ARowe95 Changes to biography and events
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Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:24:33 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
19 May 2015 15:08:08 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
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Combined two entries for Matthew J McEvoy into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 1880 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 17:35:57 Bagarre Changes to nickname and aircraft associations
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He is my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1880 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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