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Plaque in memory of the 7 crew members of 42-72873 who lost their lives on the night of 5 July 1944. Location : at the entrance to the municipal cemetery of Trancrainville (Eure-et-Loir), France.
Seven Killed In Action (KIA) : Pilot John O. Broten; Navigator Roy C. Gehue; Bombardier Alfred C. Emert; Radio Operator William Freidkas; Top Turret Gunner Harry L. Sparks; Left Waist Gunner Jessie R. Ellis; Tail Gunner Michael J. Pranzetelli. - Photo : family of the sole survivor, Co-Pilot Edward Tappan,

Connections

Units

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 36th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Broten

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    John Broten attended the Culver Military Academy, Chicago, Illinois before entering Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey in September 1939 where he studied for one year. He entered the Service in February 1942 and trained as a pilot in the U.S...

  • Jessie Ellis

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner
    Jessie Ellis enlisted in the Air Corps in February 1943 and followed training in Aerial Gunnery before being sent overseas. He served as a Left Waist Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Alfred Emert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Alfred Emert enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942. Sent overseas in 1944, he served as a Bombardier in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell", #42-72873. Took off from Harrington at 23...

  • William Freidkas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    William Freidkas enlisted in the Air Corps in March 1943. After his training as a Radio Operator, he was sent overseas and served in that function in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell"...

  • Roy Gehue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Roy Gehue was living in Bear River, Canada, in 1935. He moved later to Sarasota, Florida. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1941 and was a Navigator in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Michael Pranzetelli

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Michael Pranzetelli enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1943 and followed training in Aerial Gunnery before being sent overseas. He served as a Tail Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star...

  • Harry Sparks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Harry Sparks enlisted in March 1943. After training in Aerial Gunnery, he was sent overseas and served as an Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner in the 801st Bomb Group/ 36th Bomb Squadron in England. Killed in the loss of B-24D '"Star Spangled Hell", #42...

  • Edward Tappan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Born and raised in North Carolina, Ed Tappan and his family moved to Arizona in 1931. Ed attended the Evans School for Boys in Tucson and competed on the school’s early rodeo teams. He studied later at the University of Arizona, enlisting in September...

Aircraft

Missions

  • 452

    4 July 1944

Locations

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2015 15:53:31 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6990
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