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Ralph L Karsh


Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2619.


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24571 'Indianapolis War Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 323BS/91BG Bangor 14/9/42; West Palm Beach 24/11/42; transferred MTO 97BG Biskra, Alg. 1/43; 49BS/2BG 14/11/3; Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Missing in Action Steyr, Aus. 24/2/44 with Harry Meyer, Co-pilot: Ralph Sneedon, Navigator: John McTeague,...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1944

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2020 19:29:19 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2020 19:27:50 jmoore43 Changes to events

Updated the location of the POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2020 22:00:14 jmoore43 Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Updated this person's S/N, rank, role, connections and events per info in the A/C #41-24571 description section and in MACR 2619.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster