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Roy F Mattson

Military

Tail gunner, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. S/Sgt Mattson was wounded and spent some time in a French hospital with Sgt Starkey (LWG). Prisoner of War at Stalag 9C.
Lead, SD (Colorado)

Service

People

  • Harry Allchin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Edward Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. This was S/Sgt Doherty's first...

  • Jason Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plants at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solingen, Germany. MACR 1578. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Mac Huffman

    Civilian | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt...

  • Leon Jeffers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. S/Sgt Jeffers oxygen line was shot...

  • Robert Kesslar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt...

  • Harold Starkey

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Sgt Starkey was wounded and...

  • Vinal Wade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!' . Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. T/Sgt Wade was wounded in the...

  • Morris Wall

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. The aircraft exploded. Sgt...

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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

  • 42-29506 Full Boost!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Chelveston 2/3/43 YE WHITE SWAN; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Jason Duncan,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

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 Lead, South Dakota, USA
Based 1 December 1943
Prisoner of War Bad Sulza, Germany 1 December 1943

Stalag 9C

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 23:56:41 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 04:23:30 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1578 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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