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42-30153

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co-pilot: Bill Crowley, Navigator: Jack Wemmer, Bombardier: Harry Hellman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Nance, Radio Operator: George Orin, Ball turret gunner: Pete Garvan, Waist gunner: Jim Heist, Waist gunner: Walt Ferens, Tail gunner: George Johnson (10 Prisoner of War); flak damage too serious to attempt UK return, crashed Sudmoor, near Aurich, E of Emden Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 131.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29976 Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; force landed Smoky Hill, KS with Frank Spino 3/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-Q] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Jack Owen, Bill Bohan, Liston Bascom, Frank Ronzio, Bill Lindenmeyer,...

  • 42-30013 Lethal Lady

    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-E] Ridgewell 22/5/43 with Bill Moore, Dale Wendte, Phil Dreiseszun, Jim Houck, Frank Bryant, Ed Usher, Bill Kithcart, Bill Fortier, Edgerton Zahm,...

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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...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron
  • 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • 96th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joe Alexander

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • James Bradley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Joined 13 June 1942. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882. Released from active duty 23 December 1945. ...

  • William Crowley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back...

  • Walter Ferens

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Peter Garvan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • James Heist

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission 312 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Falk damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Harold Hellman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees...

  • George Johnsen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees...

  • Leo Leibling

    Military | Private | Radio Repairman | 96th Bomb Group

  • James Nance

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

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...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 19:55:24 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 21:59:07 kstrykerAK Changes to markings, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 27, 28, 293

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:52:34 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 18:47:09 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 18:46:39 ARowe95 Changes to nicknames and mission associations
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ARowe95

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 131 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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