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Blair Gerald Belongia

Military

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returning from mission to Hanover when attacked by Fw190's in B17 42-29612 26-Jul-43. Forced to ditch off Norfolk coast. All crew rescued by ASR.

Ditched in Channel 5-Sep-43, on return from mission to Stuttgart due to fuel shortage in B-17 42-30668. All crew rescued by ASR.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Alfred Antonacci

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Blair Belongia crew. Ditched in Channel 5-Sep-43, on return from mission to Stuttgart due to fuel shortage in B-17 42-30668. All crew rescued by ASR. ...

  • George Davis

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-29945. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Eaton

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Charles Few

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Grunow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Belongia crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Robert Klein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • James Lovett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sam Purcels

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Samuel Purvis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230668. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/1/43; Salina 26/1/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Kearney 4/2/43; mech. failure caused taxi accident with George Robinson 13/2/43; Orlando 11/3/43; Nashville 10/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; transferred 325BS/92BG [JW-J] (& 326BS) Alconbury 25/4/43;...

  • 42-30668

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/7/43; Kearney 24/7/43; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Alconbury 15/8/43; Podington 16/9/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Cpt Blair Belongia, Co-pilot: Bob Klein, Navigator: Howie Eaton, Bombardier: George...

Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mountain, WI 20 February 1921
Enlisted Wausau, WI 16 August 1941

Wausau Wisconsin

Based Podington 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 31 August 1968

Honourable discharge.

Died Falls Church, VA 16 April 1980
Buried Mountain Cemetery, Mountain, WI 20 April 1980

Mountain Cemetery
Mountain, Oconto County, WI

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 16:27:34 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312801857
https://www.fold3.com/record/46965141-blair-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/84349587-blair-g-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/625846782-blair-belongia-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204706420/blair-gerald-belongia

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 14:51:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312801857
https://www.fold3.com/record/46965141-blair-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/84349587-blair-g-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/625846782-blair-belongia-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204706420/blair-gerald-belongia

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 14:23:08 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312801857
https://www.fold3.com/record/46965141-blair-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/84349587-blair-g-belongia
https://www.fold3.com/record/625846782-blair-belongia-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204706420/blair-gerald-belongia

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2017 10:22:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Roll of Honor

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Biship & Hey pp. 192, 268

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