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42-102663

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-U] Ridgewell 21/5/44; Missing in Action 23m Peenemunde with Frank O'Black, Co-pilot: Bob Karch, Navigator: Francis Treanor, Bombardier: Herb Higginbotham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Beck, Radio Operator: Wesley Rich, Ball turret gunner: Ollie Brown, Waist gunner: Bill Rich,Tail gunner: Bernie Fridberg (9INT); flak, bombs salvoed over Denmark, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 7552. Left 4/6/45 and Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/12/45. YARDBIRD.

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

  • Eugene Beck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 7/18/44 in B-17 Yardbird #42102663

  • Oliver Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical and landed in Sweden in B-17 Yardbird #42102663 on 7/18/44

  • Bernard Fridberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    May - July 1944. Crashed in Sweden 18 July 1944 in AC #42102663. 'Yardbird' Interned. Had flown 25 missions DFC/ Air Medal

  • Herbert Higginbotham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 7/18/44 in B-17 Yardbird #42-102663, INT.

  • Robert Karch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 7/18/44 in B-17 Yardbird #42102663

  • Frank O'Black

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group

  • Wesley Rich

    Military | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    OBlack, F. Crew, Interned Sweden

  • William Rich

    Military | Right Waist Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 7/18/44 in B-17 Yardbird #42102663 OBlack, F. Crew, Interned Sweden

  • Francis Treanor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 7/18/44 in B-17 Yardbird #42102663

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 18 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7552 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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