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Allen Dean Patterson

Military

Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut.
On January 29, 1944, he was serving as the Right Waist Gunner aboard “Hustlin’ Hussy” B-17 #42-30354, of the 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Anderlues, Belgium. He was the only member of his crew to be killed in the crash.
Initially buried in the Gosselies Communal cemetery, his remains were brought after the war to the US Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium. Allen Patterson rests at Plot B, Row 39, Grave 45

Service

People

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Arthur Pacha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Robert Piarote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www...

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at...

  • Leo Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Ryal Skaggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Wieczerzak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • William Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded capture for 6 months until caught in a trap set by the Gestapo and...

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret 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

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New London, CT, USA 20 January 1921

Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin were his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut.

Enlisted 3 September 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Died Anderlues, Belgium 29 January 1944

On January 29, 1944, he was serving as the Right Waist Gunner aboard “Hustlin’ Hussy” B-17 #42-30354, of the 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Anderlues, Belgium. He was the only member of his crew to be killed in the crash.

Buried Neuville-en-Condroz, 4121 Neupré, Belgium

Initially buried in the Gosselies Communal cemetery, his remains were brought to the US Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium. Allen Patterson rests at Plot B, Row 39, Grave 45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2018 07:11:57 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

WWII Draft Cards
NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2018 09:57:36 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 2268: https://www.fold3.com/image/28604837

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 02:20:25 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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