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42-40011

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 3/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-O] Ridgewell 22/1/44; mid-air coll with 42-97511 (381BG) peeling off over field on returning from Aschaffenberg 21/1/45, with Val Crofts, Co-pilot: Nicholas Tauro, Navigator: Seymour Sobole, tog-Ed Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gildo Pannacione, Radio Operator: Morris Shapiro, Ball turret gunner: Allen Taylor, Waist gunner: John York,Tail gunner: Milton Swarts (9 Killed in Action); crashed in base area on approach. SCHNOZZLE. MACR 15283.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97511 'Egg Haid'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Albuquerque 15/12/43; Kearney 4/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-K] Ridgewell 22/2/44; mid air coll with 42-40011 returning from Aschaffenburg 2/1/45 with Jim Smith, Co-pilot: Bill Dernberger, Navigator: Chas Soper, Bombardier...

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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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Val Crofts

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945 in mid-air collision over base.

  • Virgil Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945 Buried at Pleasant View Cemetery Petersburg, Monroe County, Michigan, USA

  • George Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Houk crew. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Edward Jones

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • James Manion

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Gildo Panaccione

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945 Crofts, V. Crew, Cambridge AMC

  • Morris Shapiro

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Seymour Sobole

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Milton Swarts

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Nicholas Tauro

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 21 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2018 18:06:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29426348

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 15:03:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Updated details from MACR 15952 - http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?offset=950

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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