14.10.1943 525th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group B-17F Flying Fortress 42-29511 “The Iron Maiden” FR-W 2nd Lt. Roland Martin
Date: 14th October 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 525th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group
Type: B-17F Flying Fortress
Serial: 42-29511 (“The Iron Maiden”)
Base: USAAF Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England
Location: South of Wurzburg, Germany.
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Roland H. Martin, Jr. O-735093 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 1 Barth
Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Linden H. Price, Jr. O-743277 USAAF PoW Stalag 7a, Moosburg
TT/Eng: T/Sgt. Nicholas J. Macri 32435006 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b Braunau
Nav: 2nd Lt. Daniel J. Maher O-676083 USAAF PoW Stalag Luft 3, Sagan
Air/Bmr: 2nd Lt. Irving M. Rittenberg O-670255 USAAF PoW Stalag 7a, Moosburg
Radio/Gnr: T/Sgt. Edwin L. Mattern 32381614 USAAF PoW Stalag 13c, Hammelburg
BTT/Gnr: S/Sgt. Elihu Peacock 34354103 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b, Braunau
RW/Gnr: T/Sgt. John L. Cihonski 33285690 USAAF PoW Stalag 17b, Braunau
LW/Gnr: T/Sgt. Daniel A. Sirianni 32550944 USAAF PoW
T/Gnr: S/Sgt. Adam A. Janik 16144807 USAAF PoW
REASON FOR LOSS:
This the second operation on the Schweinfurt area by USAAF bombers. Consisting of some 229 B-17’s of the isa and 3rd Bomb divisions. Following early withdrawal of escort fighters, the Americans suffered dreadful losses during this operation with 60 of their aircraft lost together with 600 aircrew killed or taken PoW.
Rockets although hampered their performance, were fitted to to some of the Luftwaffe aircraft with great effect.
42-29511 (“The Iron Maiden”) was claimed to have been shot down by Lt. Ludwig Wirtz of Luftbeobachterstaffel 7, his first claim of the war at 17:00 hrs, crash-landed South of Wurzburg, Germany. He was later killed on the 08th January 1944 in a crash at Venlo Airfield due to blocking of flying controls of Fw190 after take off (2 night, 1 day confirmed claims)
None - all crew survived as PoW.
Researcher - Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - August 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.