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42-30024

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/4/43; Pueblo 26/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [(OQ-A)VP-A] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Bob Withers, Bill Duggan, Bill Turner, Leon English, Lou Smalowitz, Ervin Bohlander, Jim Lintgen, Joe Kristapovich, Elwood Harris, Chris Langolf; destroyed in base explosion 23/6/43 & damaged several others (23 men KIS: Lt Paul Tull, nco’s-Ervin Bohlander, Elwood Harris, Henry Buongiorno, Christan Langolf, Joe Kristpovich, Roger Allen, George Fiamma, Melvin Jerkins, Elmer Madden, Guy McDuffee, Bob Ashcraft, Chas Wilton, Mike Egan, Jim Lintgen, Dennis Collins, Joe Neel, Louis Smulowitz, Chas Feeley, Milton Foerstal, Jim King, Jim Main, Joe Sproha, and a civilian, John Hunwick, cycling by on the way to work; twi injuries W/O Joe Nutt (shock) and Gen Burkland (broken leg). Carried Brig Gen Hunter CO 8AF Fighter Command as observer on first mission on previous day.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Roger Allen

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Reinterred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • Robert Ashcraft

    Military | Private First Class | 381st Bomb Group
    PFC, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS and one civilian were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery...

  • Ervin Bohlander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Withers crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Zachary Taylor National...

  • Henry Bongiorno

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Belle Vernon Cemetery in North Belle Vernon, PA. ...

  • Dennis Collins

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Union Presbyterian Church cemetery in Churchville,...

  • Michael Egan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Long Island National Cemetery. ...

  • Charles Feeley

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • George Fiamma

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • Milton Foerstel

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • Elwood Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Withers crew. 381st BG. 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Netherlands AMC. Richmond, VA

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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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2018 03:22:30 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations and place associations
Sources

ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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