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Robert Elmer Nelson

Military

Co-pilot, Painter crew. Group Operations officer flying as the Deputy Group lead. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Evaded (EVD).
Gresham, OR.

EE Report 170. After 1Lt Nelson landed, he met up with S/Sgt Genz (RWG). They encountered S/Sgt Whitman in a tree who fell and broke some ribs while attempting to get out of his harness. They were soon joined by S/Sgt Kellogg who was wounded in the leg inside the aircraft. S/Sgts Whitman and Kellogg were both too injured to move on. They all agreed that the two injured Sgts were going to give themselves up the next day. 1Lt Nelson and S/Sgt Genz evaded with assistance from the underground. Through Madrid and Gibraltar they eventually made it back to England on 30 October 1943.

Service

People

  • William Balentine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW). South Carolina

  • Lloyd Duke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Genz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Evaded. ...

  • William Keays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    May - August 1943. Navigator, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Allen Kellogg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded in the right leg while in the aircraft. Had met up...

  • Matthew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Mizell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Painter crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Possibly Evaded, EVD report not found.

  • Jack Painter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Painter crew. 381st BG,532nd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Killed in Action (KIA). Body found in the plane. Buried...

  • Everett Ragan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Observer | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Tail gunner, Observer, Painter crew. 381st BG, 432nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30140 'King Malfunction II'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 379. Prisoner of War at...

  • Norman Whitman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Graduated Aerial Gunner School Class 41-49 at Tyndall Field, Florida on 08 December 1942. ...

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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

  • 42-30140 King Malfunction II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gresham, Oregon 8 April 1917
Evaded (EVD) Germany 17 August 1943
Died 1 February 1994

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 03:41:46 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Removed the "Possible DUPLICATE" flag in the Nickname field and then removed the duplicate person.

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 02:36:53 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Updated the location of the EVD event to “Germany” per info in the "Summary biography".

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16 May 2021 02:32:36 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added an Evaded event per info in the "Summary biography".

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16 May 2021 01:40:48 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 01:59:48 ARowe95 Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:24 AAM AAM ingest
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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 379 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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