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Steve Stefula

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Tail Gunner. He was severely wounded in the fighter attack but managed to bale out and was captured. He was taken to a German hospital in Paris, France where he died of his wounds (DOW) on 17-Jan-1943.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

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
Died of Wounds (DOW) 17 January 1943

Died of his wounds in a German hospital in Paris, France 17-Jan-1943.

Buried Dinozé, France 1945

Buried in the Epinal American Cemetery, Plot A, Row 26, Grave 30.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 20:07:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added DOW event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.; added Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC); made connections with Place and Mission within existing website data; MACR 16243 bases for entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16243 / MACR 16243, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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