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Paul Shepard Casey Jr

Military

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD
Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Luther Baker

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Audrey Berry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Combest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 407BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Goose Bay in YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel....

  • John Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 20+ x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C shot down, T/Sgt Edwards hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656 Awards: PH.

  • Henery Finagar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Co-Pilot, Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    May 7, 1943, took off from Goose Bay in ac YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel. Pilot made a crash...

  • Grover Groff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4230081 'USS Aliquippa. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. . Earlier on May 7, 1943, took off from Goose Bay in ac YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming...

  • George Kearin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Mayo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C Shot down, baled out and chute either didn't deploy correctly, else delayed opening of chute too long. Killed in Action (KIA...

  • David Penley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed, remained aboard as wounded. Wounded in Action (WIA) Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Perkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C hit by Fw190's, belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Died non Battle 6-Sep-45.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-29981 'Hell-Lena'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/43; Gore 31/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Dow Fd 11/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43 HELL-LENA; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 23/7/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43...

  • 42-5732

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 29/10/42; Biggs 15/3/43; Orlando 29/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43 Assigned Keck Prov BG; Assigned 327BS/92BG Alconbury, t/o Goose Bay for Meeks Fd, where pilot found poor weather and decided to press on for UK, and low on gas, crash...

  • 42-5801 'Flak Happy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Peoria, IL 23 November 1919

Son of Paul S Snr and Florence Peters Casey.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 2 January 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 12 August 1943

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 12 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Discharged USAAF 20 January 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Peoria, IL 22 December 2004
Buried First Federated Columbarium, Peoria, IL January 2005

First Federated Columbarium
Peoria,
Peoria County, IL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2019 18:01:12 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700
https://www.fold3.com/record/42712752-paul-s-casey
https://www.fold3.com/record/625539283-paul-casey-1919
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175985479/paul-s_-casey

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2019 23:13:22 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175985479/paul-s_-casey

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2018 13:51:17 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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