St Mary, Ashby, Somerleyton, Suffolk
The Ralph W Wright Crew, 100th Bomb Group, 349th Squadron
Standing, L-R: Bernard Palmquist; Robert Montonado; Pat Madsen; Jack Willburn; George McCleary.
Kneeling, L-R: Ralph Wright; Jack Raper; Carl Herrmann; Richard Curran
2 Lt John Winston "Jack" Raper
100th Bomb Group, 349th Bomb Squadron
Louis S Davis III
56th Fighter Group, 62nd Squadron
On May 7th, a B-17 crashed across from the church, in Herringfleet. A signal flare had exploded in the plane, igniting others.
April 8th, Lt Judd and Flight Officer Davis were on a routine Air Sea Rescue spotter sortie. On the way home, they engaged in mock combat over Fritton Lake. Their planes colided, and they both came down in the lake.
Memorial erected by the Hon Savile Crossley, Lord Somerleyton.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
Killed in AC#42-38053 in a form up accident over the base. on 7 May 1944. Target was Berlin. The plane had flares stored in the top turret and for some reason they exploded and the pilot ordered the crew to bail out The pilot Wright and Raper were...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
Russell Judd served as a fighter pilot first with the Royal Canadian Air Force and then with the USAAF. He was with the 56th Fighter Group Nov. 1944-Feb. 1945, then transferred to 5th ERS. This special rescue unit was started in Jan 1945 and based at...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 20/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 10/2/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 21/1/44; soon after t/off to Berlin 7/5/44 with Ralph Wright, Co-pilot: Jack Raper, Navigator: Rich Curran, Bombardier: Carl...