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42-38159

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/1/44; Gr Island 14/1/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-J] Ridgewell 21/2/44; battle damaged Aschaffenburg 21/1/45, force landed Continent, repaired and ret 30/1/45; transferred 91BG Bassingbourn 30/5/45; retUS 8/6/45. COLONEL BUB.

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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Daniel Adair

    Military | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Steinwinter, J. Crew Was on board 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and was repaired and recovered back to England

  • Bruce Bentley

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Pearce J. Crew Was on board 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and was repaired and recovered back to England

  • Charles Bowman

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Pearce J. Crew Was on board 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and was repaired and recovered back to England

  • Everett Coats

    Military | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Masterson F. Crew Was on board 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and was repaired and recovered back to England

  • Robert Harper

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Pearce, Joe - Crew ...

  • James Manion

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • William Pettit

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pettit, W. Crew ...

  • Eugene Weisser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    35 missions over Germany during 6-12/44. Was on board 42-38159 on his 33rd mission which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and...

  • Dale Winsor

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Palmer, E. Crew Was on board 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back on one engine to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft pancaked, crewless, into a field and was repaired and recovered back to England

  • Morton Yolofsky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Belguim during 30th mission to Mersberg, Germany when 2 engines went out on the left side. aircraft was 42-38159 which was shot down over Merseberg on November 21 but limped back to Belgium and all parachuted to safety. Aircraft...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 08:32:50 vppelt68 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Master Log

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 08:16:47 vppelt68 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

fold3.com
Dave Osborne, B-17 Master Log

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 23:04:39 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

Facebook post

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 21:54:56 RayWells Changes to person associations
Sources

added connections with information from Bill Cullen via FB Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/419365715524674 Bill got these details from conversations with Bob Harper with whom he is collaborating on a book.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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