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John J Askins Jr

Military

First Lieutenant John Askins was a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group (Bassingbourn), flying B-17 44-6093. Askins was shot down over Westeroden and taken prisoner on November 2 1944 and interred in Stalag Luft VIIA.

He recalled: ‘When we were hit, I didn’t realise it was flak but thought it was an explosion from a leaking gas line near the top turret. The cockpit immediately filled with smoke. I was able to reach the auto-pilot and steered the plane to the left, out of formation, to avoid striking another plane’. He bailed out, after rescuing his flight engineer, and became a Prisoner of War.

The Silver Star was awarded to him in July 1988 after a recommendation from his crew mate, Roger Armstrong, for conduct during the bailout from their damaged B-17 on November 2nd 1944.

Service

People

  • Randall Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093

  • Roger Armstrong

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 11/2/44 at Westeroden in B-17 #446093. ...

  • Roy Loyless

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down, 15th mission, Merseburg 2 November 1944. Prisoner of War (POW), Stalag Luft IV, Stalag Luft I. Captured -- in new Ford truck, Henry Ford plant Cologne during War. Might have got away if it hadn't been for Ford truck the home guard had. ...

  • Anthony Porta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97851 Qualified Quail

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-K] Bassingbourn 3/6/44; 72m battle damaged Cologne 14/1/45 with Wilbur Seller; force landed Denain Afd, Fr; Salvaged 28/1/45. QUALIFIED QUAIL.

  • 44-6093

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/4/44; Hunter 5/5/44; Grenier 19/5/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 27/5/44; 47m Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with John Askins, Navigator: Tony Della Porta, Bombardier: Paul Collier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

Missions

  • 698

    2 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • American Air Museum

    Other location

  • Stalag VIIa

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oakland, California
Prisoner of war 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 11:57:44 psan5722 Changes to person associations
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This website

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2018 10:17:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 10141;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

American Air Museum text from displays.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2015 20:23:10 pdaskins Changes to service number, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Added service number, connections to other crew members, and last mission.
Paul Askins
(son of John J. Askins)

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2015 20:09:17 pdaskins Changes to awards
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I am in possession of the Silver Star and POW medals that were my father's, First Lieutenant John J. Askins, Jr. The Silver Star was awarded to him in July 1988 after a recommendation from his crew mate, Roger Armstrong, for conduct during the bailout from their damaged B-17 on November 2nd 1944.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 17:27:29 Pat Flyer Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

B-17G QUALIFIED QUAIL by Patrick Milward

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 09:32:23 PhillWray Changes to biography
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Source : updated from American Air Museum caption

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10141

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