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Anthony E Greco

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Tail gunner, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by fighters. The crew baled out when fire broke out in numbers 1 & 2 engines, A/C exploded at 500 ft. Killed in Action (KIA). 7-Jan-44. MACR 1873.
The German captors told the crew that Sgt Greco's parachute did not open, Sgt's Hawkins and Sussek swore they witnessed his parachute open.
Sgt Greco had two quotes remembered by his crew that day:
"Kick er Willie!" told to the pilot, Lt Wilson, for evasive action.
"Here comes two! Come and get it, damn krauts!" Last quote overheard by Sgt's Hawkins and Sussek.

Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Joseph Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Wilson A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Lt Connolly suffered a broken leg after bailing out. Prisoner of...

  • John Embach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. On 7-Jan-44 in B-17F #42-3078 "Winsome Win" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by three German fighters and the crew all baled out (except for Radio Operator, SSgt...

  • Robert Geraghty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Not an original member of the Wilson crew. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Peter Kucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by...

  • Donald McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. Co-pilot, Wison A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I....

  • Walter Sussek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 173. Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was...

  • Harry Ullom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG. 534th BS, 8th AF. Originally from the 532nd BS. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Arden Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Lugwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Parkersburg, WV

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 42-3078 '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 124

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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 Bristol County, MA, USA 1922

Son of Eva Greco.

Enlisted Providence, RI, USA 18 July 1941

Providence, Rhode Island

Lived in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA 1942
Based Ridgewell 9 November 1943 – 7 January 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Saarbrücken, Germany 7 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17F 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by fighters. The crew baled out when fire broke out in #'s 1 & 2 engines, a/c exploded at 500 ft. KIA. 7-Jan-44. MACR 1873.

Buried Saarbrucken, Germany 8 January 1944

Interred
Saarbrucken cemetery

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Temporary Internment
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
St Avold

Buried St Mary's cemetery North Attleborough MA July 1950

Re-Interred
St Mary's cemetery
North Attleborough
Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 13:39:07 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/228585440/anthony-e-greco

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 20:32:44 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2017 19:37:44 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/image/310763245/?terms=Anthony%20E%20Greco
https://www.fold3.com/page/83370549_anthony_e%20greco/details/
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http://www.381stbg.org/lc3.php

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1873, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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