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Harry Lease

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I am writing the following about my uncle Harry Lease, who was assigned as an army airman in the 8th Air Force, 381st Bomber group, 534th Bomber Squadron stationed at the Ridgewell Air Force Base in England. He was a Technical Sergeant and served as a top turret gunner and flight engineer as a on the ‘Winsome Winn’ B-17 Aircraft #42-3078. He completed 25 missions on December 30th, 1943 in the European theater.
Niederriter R. Crew

Service

People

  • Ivan Backman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    WG, Niederitter R. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Richard Carocari

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    August 1943 - January 1944. Navigator, Niederriter crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Lester Darst

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Niederriter crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Richard Evans

    Military | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Niederriter, R. Crew

  • Richard Niederriter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Niederriter crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Dolphus Rowan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Niederriter, R. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. August 1943 - January 1944

  • Andrew Schnitzler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Niederriter crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. To 302 Dispensary Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 9 October 1943 mission.

  • Herman Soucy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Niederriter R. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS.

  • Poynor Spillman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Niederriter, R. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter destroyed on the 9 October 1943 mission.

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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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3012

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pueblo 27/1/43; Gore 5/5/43; Ephrata 9/6/43; Orlando 3/7/43; Brooksville 1/8/43; with ? force landed Clovis Fd, Nm 28/3/44; Smoky Hill 2/7/44; Fairport 20/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 25/6...

  • 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

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 00:22:37 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 22:55:31 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 22:44:36 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 14:10:26 rbordens Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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http://www.381st.org/Unit-History/War-Diaries/534th-BS-War-Diary

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 13:53:36 rbordens Changes to biography
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http://www.381st.org/Unit-History/War-Diaries/534th-BS-War-Diary
Boys Life for September 1994. “You’ll Go Places on this Team," U.S. Army Recruiting Service.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 13:47:39 rbordens Changes to awards, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://www.381st.org/Unit-History/War-Diaries/534th-BS-War-Diary

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 13:37:48 rbordens Changes to biography
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www.381st.org/Unit-History/War-Diaries/534th-BS-War-Diary

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 13:26:51 rbordens Changes to highest rank
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http://www.381st.org/Unit-History/War-Diaries/534th-BS-War-Diary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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