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42-29854

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Memphis 17/4/43; Presque 27/4/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-B] Ridgewell 4/5/43; in landing accident at base with Leo Jarvis 7/8/43; Missing in Action 1+m Bremen 8/10/43 with Art Sample, Navigator: Capt Norman MacKay, tog-Bob Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Ballou, Radio Operator: Warren Heintz, Ball turret gunner: Melvin Olson, Waist gunner: Bill Grayson,Tail gunner: George Johnston (8 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Ed Cytarzynski, Waist gunner: Jim Forbes, (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Doerrieloh, 14 miles E of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1395. 'OLE FLAK SACK.'

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

  • Howard Ballou

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft went out of control, started to spin and exploded....

  • Edward Cytarzynski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. 2Lt Sample bailed out as the aircraft began to spin and landed near Diepholtz,...

  • James Forbes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • William Grayson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany, MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft went out of control, started to spin and exploded. ...

  • Warren Heintz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). T/Sgt Heintz was wounded in the aircraft prior to it...

  • George Johnston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft went out of control, started to spin and exploded...

  • Norman MacKay

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Sample crew. Squadron Navigator, 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Captain MacKay was demoted from Group Navigator to Squadron...

  • Robert Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Togglier, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft went out of control, started to spin and exploded....

  • Melvin Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action. the aircraft went out of control, started to spin and exploded. Buried in...

  • Arthur Sample

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Sample crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29854 'Ole Flak Sack'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1395. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft lost control, started spinning and exploded. Buried in...

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

  • 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 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 03:31:02 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1395 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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