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42-29983

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X] Ridgewell 17-Jun-43.

Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17-Aug-43 Damaged by flak and abandonded over Kesseling, Germany, five miles SW of Ahrweiler, Germany. The entire crew baled out but two crewmen were found dead in dense woods entangled in trees. Record is not clear if they were killed because they landed in the trees or were shot by the German Army or civilians. Missing Air Crew Report 398 - 2KIA 8POW. Named IRIS originally with 381BG for the girlfriend of the pilot, but the pair broke their relationship and the pilot renamed the aircraft UNCLE SAMMY.

P 1LT Challen P. Atkinson (KIA); CP 2LT Murray E. Dulberger (POW)
N 2LT Fred Freiberger (POW); B 2LT Julian M. Marks (POW)
E/TTG TSGT Richard J. Hanna (POW); RO TSGT Stanley C. Kasha (POW)
BTG SSGT James C. McGoldrick (KIA); RWG SSGT Peter A. Katsarelis (POW)
LWG SSGT Herbert A. Goss (POW); TG SSGT John Hyk (POW)

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moor Fidite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action...

  • 42-29978 Hell's Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-F] Ridgewell 31/5/43 with Reinhardt King, Neil Wright, Ed McGlynn, Francis Petrillo, Cecil Floura, Maynard Unger, Joe Lyons, Albt Pollard, Bob Dwyer,...

  • 42-30028 Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Henry Peeples, Co-pilot: Jack Rogers, Navigator: Cliff Haverkamp, Bombardier: Vernon Nicholson, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-30140 King Malfunction II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 ...

  • 42-30245 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Weldon Simpson (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Doug Roraback (evaded capture), Co-pilot: Elden...

  • 42-3092 Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 4/43 with Capt Bob Post, Bob Nelson, Fred Nudell engineer, Harry Baylerian radio, Capt Joe Murray S-2, M/Sgt Andy Banas line chief, S/Sgt Joe Johnson elec/spec, Cpl...

  • 42-3220 Damfino

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m...

  • 42-3225 Widget, Chug-A-Lug Lulu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/6/43 WIDGET with Loren Disbrow, Co-pilot: Allen Chapin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: George Gaydos, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otto Bruzewski, Tom Crowley...

  • 42-3227

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Presque Isle 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 26/5/43. Pilot Hamden L. Forkner; Co-Pilot Joseph A. Kelly; Navigator Robert E. Hyatt; Bombardier Edwin L. Vincent (substitute for Keith Moore); Engineer/Top Turret...

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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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Challen Atkinson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot. Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried by the Germans in Community...

  • Murray Dulberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Bailed out with Lt Atkinson and kept within voice...

  • Fred Freiberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XVIIA. ...

  • Hubert Goss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. LWG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA & Stalag...

  • Richard Hanna

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail gunner/Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Hedin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-3223 "Red Hot Riding Hood" crashed on 14 July 1943. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. T/Sgt Hanna was the only uninjured member of the crew. 6 KIA. 3 WIA. The aircraft suffered engine...

  • John Hyk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag VIIA. Philadelphia, PA

  • Stanley Kasha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Bairdford, PA

  • Peter Katsarelis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Quantico, VA POW

  • Julian Marks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Atkinson crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID....

  • James McGoldrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Atkinson crew. 381st BG,533rd BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in AC #42-29983 'Uncle Sammy'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 398. Killed in Action (KIA). Germans reported that S/Sgt McGoldrick's...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 02:06:58 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 18:28:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Correcting typo in Description.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 18:11:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added nicknames and coding; Made connections to Units, Places and Missions; Edited Description with loss details and "Uncle Sammy" nickname and converted dates to USAAF military-style signification; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of crew members, Formatted crew display. Sources: "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) MACR 398; American Battlee Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 398 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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