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Roger Winfred Birkman

Military

Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-38055. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and Résistance members. Sheltered in various places in northern Belgium, lastly in Sint-Niklaas. Liberated there by Allied troops at the beginning of September 1944. Back in England on 12 September 1944. See his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fbirkmarw.html

Service

People

  • Errol Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Buechel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Cochran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 42-38055. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft IV

  • Andrew Kafka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Koch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

  • Alexander Kuckerenko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

  • Michael Stanko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Toney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #4238055. Evaded.

Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38055

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 2/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [K] Glatton 23/1/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Roger Birkman, Co-pilot: Alex Kucherenko, Bombardier: Jim Cochran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 373

    27 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Houston, Texas, USA 1 February 1919
Enlisted 25 September 1941

Houston, Texas

Bailed out 27 May 1944

over Belgium from the B-17 (42-38055) he was piloting

evaded capture 27 May 1944 – September 1944

Helped by Belgian citizens and Résistance members and sheltered in various places in Belgium, lastly in Sint-Niklaas. Liberated there by Allied troops at the beginning of September 1944. Back in England on 12 September 1944.

Died 26 March 2014

Houston, Texas

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 15:26:14 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 5298
Escape & Evasion report E&E 2088
Own research for his page and those of the other crew members for website www.evasioncomete.org

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 14:17:52 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 5298
Escape & Evasion report E&E 2088
Own research for his page and those of the other crew members for website www.evasioncomete.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5298 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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