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Norville John Gorse

Military

B-17 #42-29752 ditched into North Sea 13 May 1943. Gorse and pilot Rogers made a valiant effort to control the plane. Returned to base.

Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30355 'Dallas Rebel'. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A and moved to work camps with the final one 48-11 at Munich.

POW

Service

People

  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Robert Dominick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-31782. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B.

  • Joseph Hudson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. May also have a mention in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 161 by Bishop & Hey for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on...

  • Ernest Kralik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Basil Maxwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Robert McGinniss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • William Nance

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Luther Paysinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Rawlings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 13 May 1943 by own waist gunner and bailed out safely. Shot down again on 17 May 1943 mission to Lorient, France in B-17 #42-29767 'Boot Hill'. Prisoner of War (POW) : initially...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-29752

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salinas 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43; on assembly crashed in The Wash en route St Omer when controls were damaged and stabilizer shot off accidentally by own waist...

  • 42-30355 Dallas Rebel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW- ] Snetterton 4/7/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 28/7/43 with Bill Nance, Co-pilot: Norville Gorse, Navigator: Joe Hudson, Bombardier: R.H. McGuiness, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 4 May 1924
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 21 March 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 28 July 1943 – 12 June 1945
Died North Prairie, WI, USA 28 May 2003

Died at Nephews Home (John G Gorse)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 02:13:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2018 02:40:15 jgorse Changes to place associations
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Military Times Hall Of Valor

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 00:09:47 jgorse Changes to place associations
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Personal Pictures from Nephew John G Gorse

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 22:41:35 jgorse Changes to person associations
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MACR 141

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 04:08:16 jgorse Changes to nickname
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John G Gorse, Lt Col, Nephew
C-130 Command Pilot

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 04:06:24 jgorse Changes to person associations
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John G Gorse, Lt Col, Nephew
C-130 Command Pilot

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 03:53:17 jgorse Changes to events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations
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John G Gorse, Lt Col, Nephew
C-130 Command Pilot

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 09:41:29 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
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Brought in information from a duplicate record on the website. Source:
MACR 141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Also:
NARA enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

POW record: http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=69430

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 19:38:43 jgorse Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Related story from uncle

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 19:27:22 jgorse Changes to middlename, highest rank and place associations
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I am his Nephew and he died in my house.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:43 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor; MACR 0141, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 117, 202. Snetterton Falcons by Doherty and Ward pp. 20, 39; Snetterton Falcons, pg 24 and 43

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