The original Robert D. Summerville crew.
In front, from left to right :
Pilot 2nd Lt Robert Summerville;
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Jean D. Vogt;
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Ralph E. Eisenach,
Standing, from left to right :
Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Sylvester J. Marshall:
Radio Operator S/Sgt John H. McClanahan Jr;
Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Frank La Rocca;
Left Waist Gunner (unknown);
Engineer / Top Turret Gunner Sgt Alfred I. Holt;
Tail Gunner Sgt Thomas J. Harris.
[Note : the Navigator on the fateful 14 June 1944 mission, 2nd Lt Abraham Wiseman, is not on the photo and had substituted for Lt Summerville's regular Navigator.]
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.'
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...
Units served with
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...
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.
14 June 1944
Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.
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...
||St Paul, Minnesota
||Ramsey County, MN, USA
||Portland, OR, USA
||10 December 1941
||28150 Voves, France
||14 June 1944