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Matthew Berk

Military

LWG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting in half at the ball turret. S/Sgt Berk was wounded and dragged to the rear of the waist section by S/Sgt McCook (tail gunner). They both were trapped in the tail section, rode it to the ground and survived. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV.
Harrisburg, PA

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People

  • Anthony Budzik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. S/Sgt Budzik...

  • Lorenzo Darrington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret....

  • Elton Jukes

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the ship in half at the ball turret. Killed in...

  • Edwin Manchester

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft caught fire and exploded, splitting in half at the ball turret. Killed in Action ...

  • Wade McCook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball...

  • Keith Moore

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. 1Lt...

  • James O'Donnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. Killed in...

  • Marvin Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret...

  • Arthur Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Manchester crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29941 'Tarfu'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 884. The aircraft was on fire and exploded, splitting the plane in half at the ball turret. Killed in...

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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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29941 Tarfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 TARFU; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 15/7/43 TS TARFU; Missing in Action 15m Bremen 8/10/43...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 May 1920
Prisoner of War Germany 8 October 1943

Stalag Luft IV

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 04:24:37 ARowe95 Changes to firstname, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 03:12:13 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 884 / MACR 884, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx">www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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