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Michael D Croker

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany, on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. Killed in Action (KIA).

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People

  • Ralph Coyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Durham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jackson Hardeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe'. Killed (FOD).

  • James Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arnold Malkin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sam Orlich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Pearson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Roe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frederick Spingler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30173 'Georgeous Hussy' 'Circe' 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 21/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 28/5/43 GORGEOUS HUSSY; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Framlingham 6/6/43 CIRCE; 335BS [OE-O/L] Horham 12/6/43; 20m, Missing...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hempstead, New York, USA 1921
Lived in 1942

Hempstead, Nassau County, New York

Enlisted 11 November 1942

New York City, New York

Killed In Action 10 February 1944
Buried

Michael Croker rests at Plot C, Row 19, Grave 13

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2018 07:24:18 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2544
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2544 / MACR 2544, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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