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William H Hennessey

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Co-pilot, Mickow crew. Original member of the Mullane crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Lt Hennessey would not leave his seat or bail out. This was his first mission. Killed in Action (KIA).
Louisville, OH

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People

  • George Ayers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Killed in Action (KIA). Groves, TX

  • Julian Chandler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Rockmart, GA

  • Jack Dwyer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Mickow crew. Original member of the Larson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. He was reportedly seen bailing out and deploying his parachute....

  • Joseph Fabianski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Sgt Fabianski was wounded in the arms. S/Sgt Chandler (radio operator) pulled Sgt Fabianski from the...

  • Hugh Maguire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Los Angeles, CA POW

  • Laurence Mickow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Lt Mickow was blown out of the aircraft. Prisoner of War at stalag Luft I. Zunbro, MN

  • Raymond Nersinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. S/Sgt Nersinger was wounded in the leg. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Glendon Pierson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. S/Sgt Pierson was wounded in the aircraft. Lt Mickow was attempting to place a parachute on him when...

  • Roy Wendell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Mickow crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. November 1943 - January 1944. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37884. MACR 2241. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Westhaven, NY

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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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37884

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-J] Ridgewell 20/12/43; 3m Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Larry Mickow, Navigator: Roy Wendell, Bombardier: Hugh Maguire, Radio Operator: Julian Chandler, Left Waist gunner...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

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 Louisville, Ohio, USA
Based 28 December 1943 – 29 January 1944
Killed in Action 29 January 1944
Buried Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 02:30:49 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 2241, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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