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John M Watkins Jr

Military

TG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. Killed at his station in the tail of the aircraft. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC.
Utica, NY

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People

  • Philip Dreiseszun

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Moore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & Stalag XIIID. Kansas City, MO

  • William Fortier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Missoula, MT

  • James Houck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. 20mm flak to the chest in the nose of the aircraft. Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands...

  • John Ivey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Columbus, GA

  • Joseph Kralick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Killed in Action. Not a regular crew member. Wounded in the back by 20mm flak. Parachute opened inside of the plane....

  • William Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III, XIIID & Stalag VIIA. Longview, TX

  • Edward Usher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Chicago, IL

  • Dale Wendte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. KIA, possibly by civilians. Ponca, NE

  • Edgerton Zahm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG. Moore Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30013 "Lethal Lady". Mission #12 to Hamburg. MACR 130. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & XIIID. Oberlin, OH

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 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,...

Missions

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born New York 1915
Enlisted Utica, NY, USA 26 May 1942
Based June 1943 – 25 July 1943
Killed in Action 25 July 1943
Buried

Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 01:43:48 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
24 November 2017 04:48:56 ARowe95 Changes to awards and events
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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 04:35:26 ARowe95 Changes to service number, highest rank, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
24 October 2017 01:45:01 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, person associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 130 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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