Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-30009

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Hobbs 6/5/43; Presque Is 21/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-G] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Leo Jarvis, Gene Mancinelli, Dick Riley, Bill Lockhart, Harry Seymore, Warren Heintz, Harry Strecher, Chas Persinger, Gene Roehl, Herman Grossman;

Missing in Action 5m Bremen 8/10/43 with Jack Pry, Co-pilot: Cecil Quinley, Navigator: Roger Burwell, Bombardier: Theo Snyder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed LaPointe, Radio Operator: Russ Frautschi, Waist gunner: Carl Baird,Tail gunner: Martin Brandt (8 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Irvin Smith, Waist gunner: Alf Johnson (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Hagewede-Brockum, 10 miles S of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1397. FEATHER MERCHANT.

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

  • Carl Baird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. POW

  • Martin Brandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission 336 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. POW

  • Roger Burwell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & VIIA.

  • Russell Frautschi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    June - October 1943. Radio operator, 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. POW

  • Alfred Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. S/Sgt Johnson had claimed a fighter kill during the mission. Killed in Action (KIA). S/Sgt...

  • Edward LaPointe

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft XVIIB. POW

  • Jack Pry

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    June - October 1943. Pilot, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. POW

  • Cecil Quinley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    June - October 1943. Co-pilot, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Captured by Russian prisoners and carried back to their...

  • Irvin Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft took multiple hits to the underside by 20mm cannon fire,...

  • Theodore Snyder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Pry crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30009 'Feather Merchant'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1397. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. California

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2017 06:11:11 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1397 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share