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John Francis Embach

Military

ETTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. On 7-Jan-44 in B-17F #42-3078 "Winsome Win" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by three German fighters and the crew all baled out (except for Radio Operator, SSgt Peter Kucher, KIA) when fire broke out in #1 and #2 engines. Mission #58 to the IG Farben [lant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. He was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft XVIIb.
Detroit, MI

NOTE: Entry COMBINES data from an entry by Paul Andrews Project Bits and Pieces.

Service

People

  • Joseph Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Wilson A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Lt Connolly suffered a broken leg after bailing out. Prisoner of...

  • Robert Geraghty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Anthony Greco

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Not an original member of the Wilson crew. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Peter Kucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by...

  • Donald McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. Co-pilot, Wison A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I....

  • Walter Sussek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 173. Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was...

  • Harry Ullom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG. 534th BS, 8th AF. Originally from the 532nd BS. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Arden Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Lugwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Parkersburg, WV

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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

  • 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Dow Fd 24/4/43; 4m, transferred 100BG /43; 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15/6/43; 2SAD 13/11/43 ret 15/11/43; ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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 XVII-B

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI, USA 27 October 1921
Based 1 January 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 7 January 1944 – 26 July 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 26-Jul-45.

Died 25 August 2011
Buried Cheboygan County, MI, USA

Catholic Shrine Cemetery
at Indian River

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 19:59:36 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 16:07:29 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=embach&GSfn=john&G...

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 15:51:52 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1873, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 19:06:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-2015. Added Map location to POW Event.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 18:16:07 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-44, New entry created. Sources MACR 1873; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; and COMBINED data from Paul Andrews Project Bits and Pieces.

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