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Fred G Evans

Military

Pilot, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 "Forget Me Not". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at Boxham. #2 and #4 engines knocked out/on fire by fighters. MACR 385. Killed in Action (KIA). Hit in the face by a 20mm shell while exiting between the pilot and copilot seats.

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  • Charles Dodge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinight Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

  • Stuart Doll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2...

  • Kenneth Hackett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of...

  • Herbert Kern

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Evans, Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at Boxhum. ...

  • John Lander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target was hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at...

  • Walter Mesler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission 317 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

  • Charles Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4...

  • Joseph Robbins

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at Boxhum. ...

  • Clarence Watkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks at Boxham...

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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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29950 Forget Me Not

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Pueblo 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Chas Dowell, Fred Evans, John Lander, Clarry Watkins, Chas Dodge, Herb Kern, Walt Wessler, Chas Miller, Stuart Doll, Ken...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) Belgium 12 August 1943
Died 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 03:48:09 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 17:44:38 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 385 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 385 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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