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42-106994

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Grenier 22/2/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-K] Ridgewell 3/4/44; Missing in Action 37+m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with Kyle Smith, Radio Operator: Lester Colson, Ball turret gunner: Gustavo Contreras (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don McGurk, Navigator: Melvin LaLuzerne, tog-Byron Wear, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Porter, Waist gunner: Tom Arnold,Tail gunner: Francis DeLange (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Apeldoorn, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 11205. LITTLE GUY.

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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Arnold

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #42106994 'Little Guy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lester Colson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #42106994 'Little Guy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gustavo Contreras

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #42106994 'Little Guy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Melvin LaLuzerne

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 42-106994 'Little Guy', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Lange

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group

  • Donald Mc Gurk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group

  • Robert Porter

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #42106994 'Little Guy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kyle Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #42106994 'Little Guy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Byron Wear

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 42-106994 'Little Guy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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 26 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11205 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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