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42-30021

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 17/4/43; Pueblo 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-L] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with John Martin, Bob Marsh, Harry Long, Wallace Hoag, Jim Lantto, John Hutchinson, Hugh Goswick, Wayne Maloney, Bill Geary, Glenn Witts; Missing in Action Antwerp 22/6/43 (first group loss) with John Martin, Co-pilot: Bob Marsh, Navigator: Wallace Hoag, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Lantto, Radio Operator: Hugh Goswick, Ball turret gunner: Leon Fornaro, Waist gunner: John Hutchison, Waist gunner: Glenn Witts,Tail gunner: Bill Geary (8KIA-seven bodies recovered by divers); Navigator: Harry Long, Bombardier: Wallace Hoag (2 Prisoner of War); flak knocked off wing, crashed Oosterschelde, two miles W of Krabbendijke, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 160.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-30016 Iron Gut Gert

    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-M] Ridgewell 6/5/43 with Earl Horr, Bill Roberts, George Griffith, Chester Hoover, Glenn Chapin, George Orin, Herb Clark, Chas Henry, Everett Hodson,...

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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leonard Fornaro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed into the River Scheldt, Eastern Scheldt Tidal Basin near...

  • Bill Geary

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed into the River Scheldt, Eastern Scheldt basin near...

  • Hugh Goswick

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 160. Sgt Goswick's body was never recovered. The aircraft crashed into...

  • Wallace Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17#42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Picked up along with 2LT Harry Long by Dutch fishermen. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • John Hutchison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed in the River Scheldt, Eastern Scheldt Tidal Basin near...

  • James Lantto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed into the River Scheldt, Eastern Scheldt Tidal Basin near...

  • Harry Long

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Martin crew. 381st GB, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17#42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Broke his leg on the bomb bay door while bailing out. Picked up along with 2Lt Hoag by Dutch...

  • Robert Marsh

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Martin Crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17#42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). Unknown where his body was interred and possibly never recovered due to...

  • John Martin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Martin Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Netherlands AMC. Berwick, PA

  • Glenn Witts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Martin crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30021. Mission #1 - Antwerp, Belgium. First 533rd BS loss. MACR 160. Wounded in the aircraft. Killed in Action (KIA). The aircraft crashed into the River Scheldt, Eastern...

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

  • 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) Belgium 22 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 17:09:53 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 160 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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