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Olen Grant

Military

Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #41-24507 'Yankee Raider'. POW. MACR #772

POW Camp: Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria

Grant was seriously wounded on the 6 September 1943 mission, when a 20mm round from an enemy aircraft hit the right side of his head. Unable to bail out with rest of crew, and unconscious, he rode the plane down to a smooth landing - with no pilot. He was treated for several months in a German hospital before being sent to Stalag 17B.
He was repatriated in a prisoner exchange.

Service

People

  • James Armstrong

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124507 'Yankee Raider'. Evaded. MACR 772 James E. Armstrong wrote a book, titled "Escape!", describing his wartime service, and his escape and evasion after being shot down.

  • Walter House

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 41-24507 'Yankee Raider'. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24507 Yankee Raider

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Westover 25/8/42; Thurleigh 17/9/42; transferred SBA trainer 11/4/43; transferred to the 546th BS, squadron code BK-B, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood 23/8/43; transferred to the 545th BS, squadron code JD-B;...

Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2015 03:17:34 bombercommand Changes to nickname, service number, biography, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 772 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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