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Richard F Riley

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Navigator, Jarvis crew 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left formation. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.
Stalag Luft 17b, then transferred to Nuremburg-Langwasser 49-11, then marched to Stalag Luft VII-A in Moosburg, Bavaria

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Service

People

  • Herman Grossman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Leo Jarvis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • William Lockhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. Bombardier, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS. ...

  • Aytchmonde Logan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Member of Fricks crew from the 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & ...

  • Eugene Mancinelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 432nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and...

  • Charles Persinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' swayback'. Mission 320 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Eugene Roehl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Jarvis crew. 391st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday' to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and...

  • Harold Seymore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines take out by flak, feathered and left...

  • Harry Stecher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Jarvis crew. 381st BG,532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29731 'Ole' Swayback'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt,Germany. MACR 663. #3 & #4 engines taken out by flak, feathered and left...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moor Fidite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • 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 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • 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);...

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Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Winchester, MA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 August 1943

POW # O-434015

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2017 04:22:52 ARowe95 Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 22:25:16 rileydj Changes to events
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My Uncle

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 22:19:48 rileydj Changes to biography and events
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from MACR 663 and mission notes from 381bg

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 22:15:07 rileydj Changes to service number and mission associations
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mission notes from 381st BG (532 squadron) and Ridgewell history

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 663 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 663 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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