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Herbert Neal Riddle

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  • Raymond Abbott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    April 5, 1943, crew ditched B-17 #42-3121 due to engine failure. All crew got out safely, were spotted within four hours and picked up within 7 hours and returned to England.

  • Eldon Broman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clifford Hamilton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Peter Milward

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #426098 'Superstitious Aloysius. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • William Wood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5...

  • 42-30194 'We Ain't Scared'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 25/4/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Field 1/6/43. Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 16/6/43 (8 missions). "WE AIN'T SCARED". ...

  • 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-U] Horham 15/6/43; Missing in Action (21m) Munster 10/10/43 with Eldon Broman, Co-pilot: John Chaffin, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Paul Guiteras...

  • 42-32019

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/1/44; Gr Island 28/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 9/2/44; 18m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Leo Francis (KIA-as he prepared to bale out with crew); Co-pilot: Martin Taylor, Navigator: Burchard Day, Bombardier:...

  • 42-3263 'Slightly Dangerous'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-V] Horham 15/6/43; 48m, (TG H.S. Boes wia 6/9/43); force landed Bungay AF 16/9/43 SAD 21/6/44; transferred 412BS [QW-V]; Returned to the USA Patterson 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance...

Missions

  • 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);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Air Support Command 72

    26 September 1943
    The German airfield at Conches, France was to be the target for 72 B-26s from 323G (36) and 386BG (36), but the mission is recalled due to weather. There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Birmingham, AL 22 April 1913
Lived in Birmingham, AL October 1940

1441 Alabama Avenue

Enlisted Fort McClellan, AL 21 May 1942
95th BG Combat Tour Horham 4 July 1943 – 25 May 1944

Appears to have taken about two months off from combat to train as a fight engineer 24 Dec 1943 - 3 March 1943
He flew 12 missions as a waist gunner and then 9 missions as a flight enginner/top turret gunner

Wounded In Action Oschersleben, Germany 28 July 1943

Received a penetrating wound by a 20mm cannon shell

Died Birmingham, AL 3 May 1977
Buried Athens, AL 6 May 1977

Athens City Cemetery
Athens, Limestone County, Alabama, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 22:25:13 466thHistorian Changes to awards
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/5624

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 22:24:17 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=4606546
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/5624
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29689497/herbert-n_-riddle
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61817&h=1677906...
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/43992_08_00...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=70021&h=414160&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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