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Milton John Foerstel

Military

Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9 members of the 533rd BS killed the same day.
St Louis, MO

Service

People

  • Roger Allen

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Reinterred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • Robert Ashcraft

    Military | Private First Class | 381st Bomb Group
    PFC, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS and one civilian were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery...

  • Ervin Bohlander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Withers crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Zachary Taylor National...

  • Henry Bongiorno

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Belle Vernon Cemetery in North Belle Vernon, PA. ...

  • Dennis Collins

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Union Presbyterian Church cemetery in Churchville,...

  • Michael Egan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Long Island National Cemetery. ...

  • Charles Feeley

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • George Fiamma

    Military | Corporal | 381st Bomb Group
    Corporal, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery with 9...

  • Elwood Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Withers crew. 381st BG. 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Netherlands AMC. Richmond, VA

  • John Hunwick

    Civilian | 381st Bomb Group
    British civilian employee at Ridgewell Airbase - Station 167. Home of the 381st Bomb Group. While riding his bicycle, Mr Hunwick was killed in an explosion while bombs were being loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline". 23 members of the 533rd Bomb...

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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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30024 Caroline

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/4/43; Pueblo 26/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [(OQ-A)VP-A] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Bob Withers, Bill Duggan, Bill Turner, Leon English, Lou Smalowitz, Ervin Bohlander, Jim Lintgen,...

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 St. Louis, MO, USA 9 August 1915
Enlisted Missouri, USA 20 August 1942

Jefferson Barracks

Based Ridgewell 5 June 1943 – 23 June 1943
Killed in Service Ridgewell, England - Station 167 23 June 1943

Caroline Explosion

Buried Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial 26 June 1943
Buried Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY, USA

Mass grave
Plot E
Grave 39

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 01:29:24 ARowe95 Changes to biography and events
Sources

All entries by ARowe95 are from:
381st BGMA
533rd Bomb Squadron War Diary
242nd Medical Detachment Diary
Fold.3
Find-A-Grave
They Came from Over the Pond - David Osborne
The Mighty Men of the 381st - James Good Brown
Triumphant We Fly - Ken Stone

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2020 19:06:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2018 03:11:21 ARowe95 Changes to events
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2018 01:49:44 ARowe95 Changes to middlename and events
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Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 02:40:47 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 01:21:49 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 160, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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