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William Elmer Bohan

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May - July 1943. Co-pilot, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack' after attempted bombardment mission #12 on Hamburg, Germany (target: Focke-Wulf factory from 29 or 30,000 FT). MACR 128. Plane crashed near the Elbe River north east of Hamburg due to anti-aircraft fire to #3 engine and structural damage. Lead plane in third element before leaving formation. All crew bailed out. Lt Bohan was shot through the lung by a civilian upon parachute landing and attempting to surrender. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. Liberated May 1945.
Waukesha, WI

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People

  • Clarence Asher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg, Germany. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Washington

  • Liston Bascom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Owen crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack'. Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory in Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Evaded for 9 days until turned in by a civilian. Prisoner...

  • Robert Cummins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Paducah, KY

  • William Lindenmeyer

    Military | Master Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack'. Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Casper, WY

  • Jack Owen

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot (2nd Lt; 1st Lt ) | 381st Bomb Group
    May - July 1943. Pilot, Owen, J crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 'Sad Sack' after attempted bombardment mission #12 on Hamburg, Germany (target: Focke-Wulf factory from 29 or 30,000 FT). MACR 128. Plane...

  • Kenneth Rector

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War. Mt Vernon, IL

  • Frank Ronzio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into North Sea. Evaded for 3 days. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and...

  • Roy Slater

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down on July 25, 1943. Mission #12 to the Focke -Wulf factory in Hamburg. MACR 128. Plane crashed into the North Sea. T/Sgt Slater dislocated his hip striking the tail section while bailing...

  • Charles Winn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Owen Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29976 "Sad Sack". Plane crashed into North Sea. MACR 128. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Paris, AR

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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

  • 42-29976 Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; force landed Smoky Hill, KS with Frank Spino 3/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-Q] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Jack Owen, Bill Bohan, Liston Bascom, Frank Ronzio, Bill Lindenmeyer,...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 7 November 1918
Enlisted Oconomowoc, WI 15 October 1940
Based Ridgewell 1943 – 25 July 1943
Prisoner of War 25 July 1943 – 27 August 1943

Lubec Hospital

Prisoner of War 28 August 1943 – 9 September 1943

Dulag Luft

Prisoner of War Zagan, Poland 11 September 1943 – 27 January 1945

Stalag Luft III

Prisoner of War Moosburg, Germany 3 February 1945 – 29 April 1945

Stalag VIIA

Died 26 March 2003
Buried

Florida National Cemetery
Section 1B
Row 6C
Site 6

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27 August 2018 00:01:11 ARowe95 Changes to events
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mro 2017-07-25 from post war officer debriefings

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27 September 2014 18:27:54 AAM AAM ingest
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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 128 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 128 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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