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Crew of B-17 42-31443, "Friday the 13th", 381st Bomb Group, 532nd Bomb Squadron.
Back Row (L-R);
T/Sgt. Notra Bright, Top Turret Gunner;
S/Sgt. Casimer Bukowski, Left Waist Gunner / 2nd Engineer;
T/Sgt. Edward Doherty, Radio Operator / Gunner;
S/Sgt. Burling Larson, Ball Turret Gunner;
S/Sgt. Henry Krzyak, Right Waist Gunner;
S/Sgt. Arthur Butler, Tail Gunner.

Front row (L-R):
1st Lt. Francis Flaherty, Pilot;
2nd Lt. John Hoffer, Co-pilot;
2nd Lt. Benjamin Saporta, Navigator;
2nd Lt. William Farrell, Bombardier.

Connections

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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Notra Bright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Casimer Bukowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, Germany on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Spent 2 or 3 years in a Prisoner of War (POW) camp, Stalag Luft 4. Served rotten potatoes and grass soup. ...

  • Arthur Butler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Radio operator, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. This was S/Sgt Doherty's first...

  • William Farrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Flaherty

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hoffer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Krzyak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Burling Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bielefeld, GR on a mission to Oscherleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31443 'Friday the 13th'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Saporta

    Military | Navigator
    Flaherty F. Crew, To Hospital

Aircraft

  • 42-31443 Friday the 13th

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/11/43; Gt falls 6/11/43; Billings 7/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 17/11/43; Topeka 29/11/43; Romulus 30/11/43; Syracuse 3/12/43; Bangor 4/12/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-M] Ridgewell 6/1/44; Missing in Action 7m Oschersleben 22...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 12:51:28 general ira snapsorter Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Photo courtesy of Casimer Bukowski.

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