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Eldon Paul Jones

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Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. He jumped out with the parachute of the B-17G and landed on the farm before crashed. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4, in Grosstychow and Stalgal Luft 6 in Heydekrug, East Prussia, for 14 months.

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Service

People

  • Ralph Alfaro

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Creevy

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret Gunner. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission (#76) to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553 "Myer's Flaw". Killed in Action (KIA)/ MIA. Member of the...

  • Edward Haushalter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Edward Haushalter served as a pilot with the 534th Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Ridgewell, England. He was a passenger on B-17F #42-30732 'Pistol Packin Mama' when it landed short and lost the left landing gear on a...

  • Herman Hensley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Herrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Langston

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Lee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30732 'Pistol Packin Mama' landed short and lost the left landing gear on a local flight and was instructed to attempt a gear up landing at Alconbury. RTD. Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant...

  • Richard Nisbet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant at Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31553. Killed in Action (KIA). Original crew member of the Wilson, A crew. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Rayburn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in a mass grave at the Jefferson Barracks National...

  • Richard Schuit

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30732 'Pistol Packin Mama' landed short and lost the left landing gear on a local flight and was instructed to attempt a gear up landing at Alconbury. RTD. Shot down by fighters and crashed SSW of Erkner on a mission to the ball bearing plant...

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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31553 Myer's Flaw

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Oklahoma City 24/12/43; New Castle 8/1/44; Presque Is 9/1/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-B] Ridgewell 19/2/44; Missing in Action 4m Berlin 6/3/44 with Ed Haushalter (chute failed, found in street), Flight...

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 Red Oak, Iowa 10 March 1923
Died Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado 26 September 1997
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 23:55:21 longhorn10sj Changes to person associations
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Need to download with my dad’s photos to his profile picture, please.
Also the awards still not open what my dad had the service awards.
Thank you,
Steven P. Jones.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 23:34:49 longhorn10sj Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and place associations
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Hi, how would I add my dad’s photos to my dad’s profile?
Thank you.
Steven P. Jones

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3241, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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