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Sylvester J Marshall


Sylvester Marshall served as a waist gunner with the 384th Bomb Group. On 14 June 1944, he was flying in B-17 #4297188 when it was attacked by fighters. The aircraft crashed near Chateaudun. He was eventually taken as a Prisoner of War.

His daughter Sylvia remembers:
'He was never one to talk about his experiences during the war. He did tell us that he was originally rescued by the French underground and moved around to several locations. One of the persons sent to move him to another secure location turned out to be a German spy, who took him directly to a prison camp. He also stated that his group of prisoners was forced to march over 600 miles in an effort to keep them ahead of the Allies.'



  • Alfred Holt

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Alfred Holt was Engineer / Top Turret Gunner on B-17 # 42-97188 of 384th Bomb Group / 544th Bomb Squadron. Bailing out of the Fortress, he landed near Voves and, helped by French citizens, he was ultimately brought to the secret camp in the Forêt de...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97188

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8 February 1944; Grand Island 20 February 1944; Grenier 22 March 1944; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-A] Grafton Underwood 6 April 1944. ...


  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born St Paul, Minnesota 1915
Lived in Ramsey County, MN, USA 1941
Enlisted Portland, OR, USA 10 December 1941
Shot down 28150 Voves, France 14 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 14:45:22 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 11:41:21 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Correspondence with his daughter Sylvia Marshall Durphey.

See also:

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 11:07:10 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, events and place associations

NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR5800