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42-102423

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-Q] Ridgewell 21/5/44; detailed Allach, Ger. 28/6/44 with Leon O’Dell,Tail gunner: Bill Bursaw (Killed in Action); Missing in Action 24+m Munich 31/7/44 with Jack Pearson, Co-pilot: Joe Proctor, Navigator: Syd Gordon, Bombardier: Alf Guidotti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dewitt Fontanet, Radio Operator: Bill Boyington, Ball turret gunner: Harry Hover, Waist gunner: Frank Mizer,Tail gunner: Chas Janis (9 Prisoner of War); flak damaged #1, limped on before crash landed Stafflangen, SW of Ulm, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7742. MY DEVOTION.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Boyington

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 July 1944 in AC #42102423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dewell Fontenot

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Sydney Gordon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Alfred Guidotti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Harold Hoover

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7//31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Charles Janis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Frank Mizer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW

  • Jack Pearson

    Military | Navigator, Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW Gordon, S. Crew

  • Joe Proctor

    Military | Bombardier, Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stafflangen on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102423 POW Gordon, S. Crew

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7742 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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