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Ralph H Saltsman Jr.

Military

Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30243 'Good Time Cholly II', Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Robert Mabie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30243 'Good Time Cholly II'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Saltsman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    B-26C-15M0 41-34949 had wheels up landing on return from operations to target Lille/Vanderville AF. Crew was safe. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-30243 Nip 'N Tuck, Good Time Cholly II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z2] Rougham 15/6/43 NIP 'N TUCK; Missing in Action Le Bourget 14/7/43 with Capt Willis Frank, Co-pilot: Maj Ralph Saltsman Wounded in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Maplewood, NJ, USA 1942

Exact dates not yet known

Prisoner of War (POW) Évreux, France 14 July 1943 – 29 April 1945

Captured Holbec Coltrel; POW Stalag Left III; Moosberg, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2020 03:15:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2017 16:05:32 SALTY2 Changes to suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

George E. Saltsman, Jr. from records in my possession kept by Ralph Saltsman, Jr.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 115 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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