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42-29976

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/3/43; force landed Smoky Hill, KS with Frank Spino 3/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-Q] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Jack Owen, Bill Bohan, Liston Bascom, Frank Ronzio, Bill Lindenmeyer, Roy Slater, Clarry Asher, Chas Winn, Ken Rector, George Johnston; Missing in Action 2+m Hamburg 25/7/43 with Jack Owen, Co-pilot: Bill Bohan, Navigator: Liston Bascon, Bombardier: Frank Ronzio, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Rector, Radio Operator: Roy Slater, Ball turret gunner: Chas Winn, Waist gunner: Clarry Asher, Waist gunner: Bill Lindenmeyer,Tail gunner: Bob Cummins (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, crashed between Heide and Hamburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 128. SAD SACK.

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Aircraft

  • 42-30013 Lethal Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 22/5/43 with Bill Moore, Dale Wendte, Phil Dreiseszun, Jim Houck, Frank Bryant, Ed Usher, Bill Kithcart, Bill Fortier, Edgerton Zahm,...

  • 42-30153 Worry Wart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co...

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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

  • Clarence Asher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg, Germany. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Washington

  • Liston Bascom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Owen crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack'. Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory in Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Evaded for 9 days until turned in by a civilian. Prisoner...

  • William Bohan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot (2nd Lt) | 381st Bomb Group
    May - July 1943. Co-pilot, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack' after attempted bombardment mission #12 on Hamburg, Germany (target: Focke-Wulf factory from 29 or 30,000 FT). MACR 128. Plane...

  • Robert Cummins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Paducah, KY

  • William Lindenmeyer

    Military | Master Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack'. Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Casper, WY

  • Jack Owen

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot (2nd Lt; 1st Lt ) | 381st Bomb Group
    May - July 1943. Pilot, Owen, J crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack' after attempted bombardment mission #12 on Hamburg, Germany (target: Focke-Wulf factory from 29 or 30,000 FT). MACR 128. Plane...

  • Kenneth Rector

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War. Mt Vernon, IL

  • Frank Ronzio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Evaded for 3 days. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • Roy Slater

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down on July 25, 1943. Mission #12 to the Focke -Wulf factory in Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into the North Sea. T/Sgt Slater dislocated his hip striking the tail section while bailing...

  • Roy Slator

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #4229976 'Sad Sack. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

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 25 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:53:42 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 128 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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