"Lt Martyniak and crew were picked up at 06.00 hrs this morning and were reported by a naval hospital near Knightsbridge, Balsham. Apparently they were none the worse for their experience. They arrive back at base by plane about 17.00 hrs." (from 381st 242nd Medical Detachment diary) crew return to base aboard 42-32049 "Yankee Rebel"
Far right S/Sgt Darrell E Longley top turret gunner
Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD
Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD
Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...
8 June 1944
Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).
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...
||Louisa County, IA
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Son of Clennie Carl and Mary Stella [Allbaugh] Jones.
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At time of draft registration working for Riveting Dept, Consolidated, San Diego, CA
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||23 March 1943
||24 September 1945
||Rock Island, IL
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||Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL
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Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL