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Ralph Victor Guinzburg

Military

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30192. Returned to base.

Shot down 29-Nov-43 in B-17 42-6039, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1560

Awards: AM (OLC), PH (2OLC), Soldiers medal.

Service

People

  • Leslie Palmer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-6039, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-30157

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bassingbourn 10/6/43 DIRTY GERTIE 1m; battle damaged Kassel 30/7/43, 2m with Don Van der Heyde, Co-pilot: Don...

  • 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5...

  • 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 'Lover Boy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E....

  • 42-30192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 5/6/43; Assigned 379 Kimbolton 5/6/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-Y] Horham 27/6/43; 5m, Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Bob Jutzi, Co-pilot: R.D. Paterson, Bombardier: Wilbur Collins, Flight...

  • 42-30233 'Rhapsody in Flak'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-X] Alconbury 16/6/43; Ground looped on return from mission 24/12/43, with John Hubbs, Co-pilot: John Evans, Navigator: A. Stachnik,...

  • 42-30288 'Louise II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9-May-43; Smoky Hill 17-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 30-May-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] at Horham, UK on 14-Jun-43; with R.E. Robinson force landed RAF Wheaton Ash, all crew OK, 16-Jun-43; 18m, battle damaged Marienberg 9-Oct...

  • 42-30377 'Rodger the Lodger II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] Horham 12/7/43; with Ralph Eherts force landed RAF Hensridge 4/10/43 (18m); Missing in Action Marienburg 9/10/43 with Ralph Eherts, Co-pilot: John...

  • 42-6039 'Blondie III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/6/43; Amarillo 18/7/43; Dallas 9/8/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 14/10/43; 5m, Missing in Action 29/11/43 with Les Palmer, Co-pilot: Ray Grass, Bombardier: Joe Kolar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Wilbert, Radio...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York City, New York 16 April 1916

Son of Ralph Kleinert and Edna Louise [Stern] Guinzburg.

Enlisted New York City NY 15 January 1942

New York City, New York

Based Horham 1943 – 29 November 1943

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Vicinity Friesoythe, Germany 29 November 1943

Shot down 29-Nov-43 in B-17 42-6039, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1560

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neupre, Belgium
Plot B Row 25 Grave 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2022 18:48:22 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529854311/ralph-v-guinzburg-american-battle...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358502/ralph-victor-guinzburg

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2022 00:03:51 degerton2 Changes to media associations
Sources

95th Bomb Group Archives

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2021 16:58:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310770958
https://www.fold3.com/image/673297832
https://www.fold3.com/record/83523726/ralph-v-guinzburg-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529854311/ralph-v-guinzburg-american-battle...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358502/ralph-v-guinzburg

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 19:17:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 217; MACR 1560

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