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Lewis R McKesson

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24489 Terry and the Pirates

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 December 1942 – 8 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Saga-Silesia (now Poland) late moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 8-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 17:46:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Added crew position to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor,   Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.55, NARA, First Over Germany pg. 23, 56, 58 & 323,

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