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Goodridge Crew 812
 Goodridge Crew 812
Back row, left to right...
Milton Goodridge, pilot
Abraham Schonfeld, navigator
Earl Davis, co-pilot
Front row, left to right...
Front row, left to right...
Everette Bolte, gunner
Charles Ippolito, radio operator
James Stuckey, gunner
John Stazen, gunner
Theodore Kossey, gunner
Fairce Connor, gunner
Goodridge Crew 812 Summary
The Goodridge Crew was one of the original crews for the 492nd BG that trained in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They transferred in as crew 116 from the 331st CCTS (Combat Crew Training School) in Casper, Wyoming, on 26 Jan 44. The Crew did have a couple of personnel changes while at Alamogordo. They were assigned to the 858th BS, designated as Crew 812.
Lt Milton Goodridge signed out for a B-24J, 44-40169. They gave it the nickname BOTTLE BABY. In April 1944, they flew their assigned aircraft to North Pickenham, England, via the southern route. One of the staff navigators, 1st Lt Lutonsky, flew with them, bumping Sgt Stuckey onto the Queen Elizabeth.
By our count, Lt Goodridge flew as the aircraft commander for Crew 812 for a total of 15 missions, plus two aborted ones. We can't be positive of all of the personnel changes on some of their missions. It's always possible that the bombardier missed a pathfinder mission or two. Their regular bombardier was reassigned and transferred before the Crew was shot down.
Their first rough mission was their fifth one. It was a bombing raid on the oil refineries at Politz, Germany. Goodridge wrote that for him the mission was fairly routine until they started home. The German fighters came at him head-on. One of them came in, flipped up on a wing and slid between him and his wingman. "And I thought we had a pretty tight formation," said Goodridge. The attacks left Goodridge with no rudder controls as the tail section was badly damaged. They did manage to limp back to England where they landed at Oultun. The 492nd sent a plane over to pick up the crew.
Goodridge made a note that his tail gunner missed the next mission because of his wounds on the Politz mission. But he didn't say who it was and at this time we don't know either.
On 19 Jun 44, the 858th was dismantled. Its staff was reassigned to Cheddington as the 8th Composite Command for leaflet droppings. The air crews, ground personnel and planes were reassigned to the other three squadrons. Thus the 492nd became a three squadron group. Each squadron was allowed to have 24 crews instead of the traditional 18 crews. The Goodridge Crew 812 was reassigned to the 856th BS. We don't know what their new crew designation number was.
The Goodridge Crew 812 was one of the many casualties suffered by the 492nd on 20 Jun 44 during a bombing raid on the well defended oil refineries at Politz. While approaching the target from the Baltic Sea, the Group came under an attack by the Luftwaffe. The crew's plane was hit by cannon fire. It lost a wing, rolled over and dove. Then it blew up. Goodridge, the only survivor, didn't jump but was blown from the plane. He was picked up by a German patrol boat. The rest of his crew was claimed by the Baltic. 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7081.
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Goodridge CCT 116
OLD 75
Links to missions
flown by the
Goodridge Crew 812
are below in their
Mission Record
Original Roster for
Goodridge Crew 812
Position / MOS Name Rank Serial # Notes
MOS 1024
Goodridge, Milton K 2nd Lt O-807820 Promoted 1st Lt
POW, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081, Stalag Luft I
NARA AAD POW file has ASN as O-807839
MOS 1024
Davis, Earl A 2nd Lt O-813477 KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
MOS 1034
Schonfeld, Abraham 2nd Lt O-801512 KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
MOS 1035
Kennelly, Herman J 2nd Lt O-374354 Transferred 19 Jun 44, to 93rd BG w/Handwright Crew 807
MOS 748
Kossey, Theodore G S/Sgt 32142243 Promoted T/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
MOS 757
Ippolito, Charles J S/Sgt 12190364 Promoted T/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
MOS 748
Eatherton, George L Jr Sgt 37401269 Promoted S/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
MOS 612
Bolte, Everette C Sgt 37237094 Promoted S/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
Seen name as Evert
MOS 612
Conner, Fairce Sgt 35128260 Promoted S/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
Seen name Connor Fairce and Fairce Connor
MOS 612
Stuckey, James W Sgt 12167320 Arrived to the UK via the Queen Elizabeth
Promoted S/Sgt
KIA, 20 Jun 44, MACR 7081
Wall of the Missing, Cambridge
  Others Who Flew with Goodridge Crew 812
Staff Officer
MOS 1035
Lutonsky, Luke F 1st Lt O-659751 Group Navigator
Flew to England with the crew
Goodridge Crew 812
492nd BG Mission Record
858th Bomb Squadron
Primary Target Mission Notes
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
12 May 44 44-40169 Zeitz, Germany Target: Oil refinery
 Link to Mission 04 page 04
15 May 44 44-40169 Siracourt, France Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
 Link to Mission 07 page 07
23 May 44   Avord, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 08 page 08
24 May 44 44-40169 Melun, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 12 page 12
29 May 44 44-40169 Politz, Germany Target: Oil refinery
Landed at Oulton
 Link to Mission 13 page 13
30 May 44 42-95132 Rotenburg, Germany Target: Air depot
Aborted, uncredited
 Link to Mission 14 page 14
31 May 44 44-40135 Brussels, Belgium Target: Marshalling yard
 Link to Mission 16 page 16
4 Jun 44 42-95196 Avord, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 17 page 17
6 Jun 44 42-95196 Normandy, France Target: D-Day invasion coast
 Link to Mission 20 page 20
8 Jun 44 44-40064 Angers, France Target: Railroad junction
Aborted, initially uncredited, got credit later
 Link to Mission 21 page 21
10 Jun 44 42-50279 Boulogne, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 23 page 23
11 Jun 44 44-40064 La Possonniere, France Target: Marshalling yard
 Link to Mission 25 page 25
12 Jun 44 42-95196 Dreux, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 27 page 27
14 Jun 44 42-50391 Chateaudun, France Target: Airfield
 Link to Mission 28 page 28
15 Jun 44 44-40086 La Frilliere, France Target: Railroad bridge
Bombed target in Le Mans
Mission Record with the 856th Bomb Squadron
 Link to Mission 34 page 34
20 Jun 44 44-40169 Politz, Germany Target: Oil refinery
Lost before target
8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7081
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