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Ben Thomas Taucher


2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged. Wounded in Action (WIA).

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24397 Phyllis

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; detailed mission to Meaulte, Fr 2/10/42; crash landed RAF Gatwick 2/10/42 with 1Lt. Charles W. Paine, Jr. Co-pilot: 1Lt Robert H. Long, Navigator: 2Lt John A. Thomson, Bombardier: 2Lt Stanley A....


  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Rock Springs, WY 14 April 1913

Son of Blaz and Katherine [Subic] Taucher.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 8 May 1941
Based Chelveston 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 30 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Rock Springs, WY 8 December 1991
Buried Rock Springs cemetery, WY 11 December 1991

Rock Springs cemetery
Rock Springs, WY


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2018 10:41:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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27 December 2018 10:23:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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27 December 2018 10:21:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

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23 October 2014 17:20:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to firstname, service number, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Connections within web site data; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII Enlistment records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:18 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 36