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Hayden T Brown

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Bombardier, Butler crew. Member of the Shultz crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Wounded on 5 November 1943 on Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot, Lt Butler ordered Lt Brown to bail out. He removed his oxygen mask and went to the front escape hatch. He became anoxic, fell down and accidentally deployed his parachute. The chute was pulled through the open hatch and covered the ball turret. Lt Brown's leg was pulled out of the aircraft and he was trapped. He became unconscious for approximately 1 and a half to 2 hours. The aircraft landed with 4 members of the crew. The other 6 had bailed out.
The 533rd BS War Diary has the men who bailed out as landing near the airfield at West Malling at Kent then returning to duty. The 242nd Medical Detachment War Diary lists them as POW's.

Service

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. On Mission #42, November 5, 1943 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite', pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over Southern Holland...

  • William Butler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Ordered the crew to bail out. Had to land with 3 other crew members due to the bombardier's parachute malfunction which trapped him in the aircraft. ...

  • Kinley Lindsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Butler crew. Member of the Jobe crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had...

  • Wayne Maloney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Member of the Jobe crew. Bailed out 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3...

  • Francis McGinty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 from B-17 $42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 3 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over...

  • Robert Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Butler crew. Member of the Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Landed on 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite' on mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out....

  • Lawrence Potenza

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Crash landed at Kent 22 June 1943 in B-17 #423226 'Little Chuck' with no injuries to crew. ...

  • John Skrapits

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Butler crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out on 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pilot Butler returned to base with 4 crewmen as 6 had bailed out over...

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Butler crew. Member of the Schultz crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Bailed out 5 November 1943 from B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite'. Mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot, Butler landed with 3...

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Units served with

  • 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

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

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09 December 2017 04:10:41 ARowe95 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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