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John Geegee

Military

John Geegee enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942 and trained first at Miami Beach, and Fort Myers, Florida. He followed gunnery courses in Goldsboro and Johnson Field, South Carolina, receiving his gunner's wings at Fort Myers, Florida. He was then stationed at Atlantic City, New Jersey prior to being ordered on foreign duty.

He was sent overseas in May 1943 and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Top Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-29965 when it ditched for lack of fuel in the English Channel on return from the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart, Germany. All ten men on board were rescued by a French boat and returned to base.

Shot down on 16 November 1943 mission to Knaben, Norway in B-17 42-29996 'Flagship. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Interned at Stalag XVIIB in Braunau, near Krems, Austria. Liberated in May 1945.

Service

People

  • David Besbris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    David Bresbis was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. He was serving in that function on B-17 #42-29965 when it ditched for lack of fuel in the English Channel on return from the 6 September 1943 to Stuttgart, Germany. All ten men...

  • Whitney Bray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Whitney Bray enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Canada before the United States' entry into the conflict. He trained as a Pilot at No.4 Service Flying Training School in Saskatoon, Canada before being sent to England. After a number of...

  • Arthur Carmell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Arthur Carmell enlisted in the Air Corps and followed Bombardier training as a Bombardier Cadet at the San Angelo Army Air Field, Texas, Class of 1942. After completing his training, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb...

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • John Disher

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Controller | 100th Bomb Group
    Served as Ball Turret Gunner when shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Slighly injured in the ditching, returned to base like the other nine men on board who were rescued by a French boat. Flew a total of 25...

  • Rolland Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After his enlistment in August 1942, Rolland Galloway followed gunnery training. Promoted to Staff Sergent, he was sent overseas and assigned as a Tail Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29965...

  • Charles Hartnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After 4 years of High School, Charles Hartnett started working as a mail clerk in 1940. He enlisted in July 1942 and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on board B-17...

  • Frederick Prasse

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1940. Received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve Corps. Called to active duty, November 1940. Entered the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Shortly after Pearl...

  • Dean Sommers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After graduation from Buffalo High School in Kansas, Dean Sommers attended Chanute Junior College. Living in 1940 in Colfax, Wilson County, Kansas, he enlisted in June 1942 in Missouri and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to...

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29965 No known nickname

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18 March 43; Gore 28 March 1943; Presque Isle 5 May 1943; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12 May 1943; Rougham 13 June 1943; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-L] Alconbury 26 July 1943; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with,...

  • 42-29996 FLAG SHIP (FLAGSHIP)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first actionfrom the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Stalag XVIIb

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Duncannon, Pennsylvania, United States 19 November 1920

the son of Anthony Geegee

Lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States 1942
Enlisted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States July 1942
Rescued English Channel 6 September 1943

He was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on board 42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack of fuel on return from the Stuttgart mission of 6 September 1943. All ten men on board rescued by a French boat.

Captured near Konsmo, Norway 17 November 1943

Captured by a German patrol after having been hidden in their farm by a Norwegian family for the night after his landing by parachute on 16 November 1943 when B-17 #42-29996 was shot down on the Knaben mission. The farm had been encircled and there was no other way out than surrender.

Prisoner of War Braunau, Austria 17 November 1943 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag XVIIB in Austria until liberation in May 1945. NARA WWII POW records : "returned to Military control 30 May 1945".

Died Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States 2 February 1993

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2017 13:41:05 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate records:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 268 / Roll of Honor

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 08:40:13 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Modified detail in Bio (rescue 6 September 1943)

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 14:33:01 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1384
NARA WWII POW records
Article at http://cumberlink.com/news/local/history/midstate-family-visits-norway-t...

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2016 14:47:21 ED-BB Changes to surname, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1384

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1384 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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