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42-29765

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque 5/4/43; Assigned 95BG SWEET 17 Framlingham17/4/43; transferred 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-R] Ridgewell 14/7/43; Missing in Action 17m Bremen 8/10/43 with Jim Hartje, Co-pilot: Joe Jerome, Navigator: Edgar Norton, Bombardier: Joe Chenault, Radio Operator: Gerald LaPlace, Waist gunner: Ed Swackhamer,Tail gunner: Art Seiber (7 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Kaseman, Ball turret gunner: Clayton Boykin, Waist gunner: Ed Czyz (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set #2 & #3 on fire, crashed abot 25 miles from Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 883. NIP ‘N TUCK.

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

  • Clayton Boykin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Killed in Action (KIA). The pilot, 2Lt Hartje, reported hearing S/Sgt Boykin say his guns were...

  • Joe Chenault

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. Kentucky

  • Edward Czyz

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Killed in Action (KIA). The #2 and #3 engines were on fire. The waist gunners hadn't heard the...

  • James Hartje

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. Illinois

  • Joseph Jerome

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Illinois POW

  • Eugene Kaseman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Killed in Action (KIA). S/Sgt Kaseman was last reported bailing out of the plane. His body was...

  • Gerald LaPlace

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Louisiana

  • Edgar Norton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 833. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. California

  • Arthur Sieber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Hartje crew. 381st G, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Maryland

  • Edward Swackhamer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Hartje crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29765 'Nip and Tuck'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 883. Prisoner of War (POW). Michigan

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2017 05:05:36 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2017 03:25:23 ARowe95 Changes to description
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2017 03:24:16 ARowe95 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 883 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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