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Verden D Swank

Military

Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • Damon Elder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97509 Old Hickory

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Presque Is 17/2/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 28/2/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 2/3/44 with Damon Elder, Navigator: Ed Connors, Bombardier: Alby Stravinsky, Radio Operator: Dan Gilmore, Ball...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bremen, IN 1918

Son of Ervin W and Gladys Belle [Chambers] Swank.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin, Harrison, IN 15 September 1942

Fort Benjamin, Harrison, IN

Based Molesworth 1943 – 2 March 1944

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Dinant, Belgium 2 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt am Main in B-17 42-97509; Shot down, baled out vicinity Dinant, Belgium. POW. MACR 2864

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 2 March 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 13:36:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Key Image ID.
https://www.fold3.com/image/28743636
https://www.fold3.com/record/84290984-verden-d-swank

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2864 / MACR 2864, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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