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William C Crowley

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Co-pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to Germany, crashed near Sudmoor, Emden, Germany. Prisoner of War, captured by officials at the Abiletmoor civilian prison camp then to Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA.
Boston, MA

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People

  • Joe Alexander

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Walter Ferens

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Peter Garvan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • James Heist

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission 312 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Falk damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Harold Hellman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees...

  • George Johnsen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees...

  • James Nance

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • George Orin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180...

  • Jack Wemmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30153 Worry Wart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co...

Missions

  • 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...

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 III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 16 December 1919
Enlisted Boston, MA 19 March 1942 – 25 July 1943
Based Ridgewell 1943 – 25 July 1943
Prisoner of War 26 July 1943 – 5 August 1943

Dulag Luft

Prisoner of War Zagan, Poland 5 August 1943 – 27 January 1945

Stalag Luft III

Prisoner of War Moosburg, Germany 3 February 1945 – 29 April 1945

Stalag VIIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 00:49:30 ARowe95 Changes to events
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17 April 2018 01:31:51 ARowe95 Changes to events
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15 April 2018 03:27:37 ARowe95 Changes to events
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17 March 2018 23:42:13 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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16 March 2018 03:21:44 ARowe95 Changes to biography, unit associations and place associations
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03 November 2017 18:51:43 ARowe95 Changes to biography and mission associations
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24 October 2017 23:33:25 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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24 October 2017 22:18:19 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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24 October 2017 22:10:29 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and place associations
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27 September 2014 18:27:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 131 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 131 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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