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42-29984

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Cheyenne 31/3/43; Oklahoma City 6/4/43; Romulus 12/4/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/6/434; battle damaged 1m lost two engines over Antwerp 22/6/43 with Martin Shenk, Co-pilot: Bill Grant, Navigator: Tom Kehley, Bombardier: George Williams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Shirley Goucher, Radio Operator: John Sinclair, Ball turret gunner: George Bardsley, Waist gunner: Chas Brinton WIA, died of wounds 25/6/43, Waist gunner: Mitch LaBuda,Tail gunner: Jim Sloan (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed near Framlingham, Sfk, with three major and three minor, injuries; Salvaged. LINDA MARY.

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...

People

  • George Bardsley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed 22 June 1943 on the first 381st operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. Completed 25 missions.

  • Shirley Goucher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed 22 June 1943 on return on the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. Canton, MA Search of T/Sgt Goucher shows he was born in the Channel Islands, Great Britain.

  • William Grant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crashed on 22 June 1943 returning from the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. ...

  • Tom Kehley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed 22 June 1943 on return from the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary".

  • Mitchell LaBuda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. June 22, 1943 'Devils Angel' B17 42-29984 Crash landed 22 June 1943 on the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. Completed 46 missions.

  • Martin Schenk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    June 22, 1943 'Devils Angel' B17 42-29984 crash landed on return on the 38st first operational mission.

  • John Sinclair

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 22 June, 1943 on the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Received Silver Star for pulling the wounded TG S/Sgt Sloan from his guns, tended to his wounds...

  • James Sloan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Tail gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Shenk, M. crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 22 June 1943 on the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. Completed 25 missions. Tulsa, OK

  • George Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Shenk crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Crash landed on 22 June 1943 on the 381st first operational mission on B-17 #42-29984 "Linda Mary". Wounded. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

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...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2018 01:06:24 ARowe95 Changes to description
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 17:28:47 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 04:58:47 ARowe95 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, description and person associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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