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The Roger Birkman crew plaque at the Memorial Gardens of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force in Pooler (Savannah), Georgia (Photo Ed Reniere - 2008)

Connections

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Errol Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roger Birkman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38055. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and Résistance members. Sheltered in various places in northern Belgium, lastly in Sint-Niklaas. Liberated there by Allied troops at the beginning of September 1944. Back...

  • John Buechel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Cochran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

  • Robert Cole

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 42-38055. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft IV

  • Andrew Kafka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Koch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

  • Michael Stanko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Toney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

Aircraft

  • 42-38055

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 2/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [K] Glatton 23/1/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Roger Birkman, Co-pilot: Alex Kucherenko, Bombardier: Jim Cochran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 373

    27 May 1944

Locations

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 14:26:26 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Photo taken in Pooler, GA - 2008

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