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Joseph Donald Weaver

Military

Joseph Weaver was on a local training flight on board B-26#41-17961 on 27 December 1943. Flown by Lt Robert C. Fry, the plane was involved in a landing accident at Froome airfield - Station 236, near Antrim, Northern Ireland. Weaver and four others returned. Assigned to the 386th BG/554th BS (9th Air Force), Joseph was Radio Operator/Mechanical Gunner and had flown on 51 missions with the Lt Fry crew. He was on B-26 #42-96184 on the 6 August 1944 mission (his 52nd one and the first with the Payne crew, replacing the regular radio operator gunner who had completed his tour) to bomb fuel dumps in the Domfront region, Calvados, France. Hit by Flak, the plane crashed in the Channel, 1 mile off the coast at Trouville-sur-Mer. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7875. Joseph Weaver was made prisoner (POW) and was interned at Stalag Luft 4 in Gross Tychow/Tychowo, Poland.

Service

People

  • Hubert Altvater

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Hubert Altvater was a Co-Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the five...

  • Robert Fry

    Military | Captain | Instructor (Pilot)
    27 December 1943 accident in B26#41-17961 after local training flight. AC landed in small field. 5 RTD.

  • Walter Payne

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Captain Walter Payne was a Pilot in the 386th Bomb Group. He was piloting B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission on 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed and the...

  • Edward Roggenkamp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 386th Bomb Group
    Edward Roggenkamp was a Bombardier/Navigator in the 386th Bomb Group. He was on board B-26 # 42-96184 on his 64th mission 6 August 1944 when it was hit by Flak and crashed into the sea off Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Gunner Franklin Swanson was killed...

  • William Salyer

    Military | Corporal | Armorer Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    William Salyer was an Armorer Gunner in the 386th Bomb Group. An experienced gunner who had flown on dozens of missions with the Robert Fry crew, Salyer was on his first mission with the crew of Lt Payne, replacing the regular gunner who had completed...

  • Franklin Swanson

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Franklin Swanson was an Armorer Gunner in the 386th Bomb Group. An experienced gunner who had flown on dozens of missions with the Robert Fry crew, Swanson was on his first mission with the crew of Lt Payne, replacing the regular gunner who had...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96184

    B-26 Marauder
    42-96184 was on its second mission of the day on 6 August 1944. The target were fuel dumps near the Forêt d'Andainne, East of Domfront, Calvados, France. Hit by 88mm Flak shell above Le Havre, causing fire in the right engine. Three parachutes were...

Associated Place

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mississippi, United States 28 August 1923
Lived in Ackerman, Mississippi, United States 1942
Enlisted Camp Shelby, Mississippi, United States 8 October 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

made prisoner (POW) Calvados, France 6 August 1944

Bailed out of B-26 #42-96184, landed in parachute in the Calvados Department, France

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo/Gross Tychow, Poland 6 August 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 4 in Gross Tychow/Tychowo, Poland. Camp evacuated on 6 February 1945 and POWs force-marched to Fallingbostel (Stalag Luft XIB), Germany. Moved from there due to the advance of the Russian troops, Joseph Weaver and other POWs were liberated by British troops, probably in Gudow, Germany, 2 May 1945. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military control 12 June 1945."

Buried Weaver Family Cemetery, Starkville, Mississippi, United States 1996
Died Starkville, Mississippi, United States 1 February 1996

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 09:32:54 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Additions to Biography (details from his daughter)

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 09:15:29 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Detail from Joseph Weaver's daughter (he was on his 52nd mission)

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2016 14:23:26 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
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Corrections to POW data.
Corrected middle initial of Captain Fry (C instead of G)

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 10:20:12 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 7875
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 442

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