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Roland R Michel

Military

Aircraft B-17 #4231367 'Chow Hound. 'Also tail gunner on board #46596 'Sweet Dish'. Plane badly damaged on mission on 5 December 1944. Three crew members bailed out and were captured. Rest of crew, including Michel stayed on board and pilot was able to nurse plane back to base.

PH/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ 6 battle stars/ Unit Citation

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31367 Chow-Hound

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] Bassingbourn 25/1/44; Missing in Action 50+m Caen 8/8/44 with Jack Thompson, Co-pilot: Dave Nelson, Navigator: Chas Bacigalupa*, Bombardier: Chas Sherrill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry...

  • 44-6596 Sweet Dish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-L/P/F] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; battle damaged Berlin 5/12/44 with Bob Roach, John Temple, Gus Mantia, Joe Canellas, Bill Hogan, Roland Michel (6 Returned to Duty); George Alexander,...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toston, Montana 6 November 1918
Returned (RTD) Germany 5 December 1944
Died 15 December 1984
Buried Fargo, North Dakota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / daughter, Ginny A. Reeves; The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 180.

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