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Wesley Clifton Borgeson

Military

Wesley C. Borgeson (Wes) B-17 Tail Gunner, USAAF 8th AF, 384th BG, 545th BS, Grafton-Underwood, England. On 30 November 1944, his B-17 was blown apart and he rode the tail section from 27,500 feet to the ground and survived. He was one of three on a crew of eight to survive. POW. See his terrific You Tube video and his 8th AFHS-MN webpage at
https://sites.google.com/site/8thafhsmn/pictures/wesley-borgeson-b-17-ta...
See the online chapter in "Brothers of the Air" pp. 59-70 about Wes Borgeson's incredible experience as a tail gunner and POW. He described his experiences to the 8th AFHS-Mn at a luncheon. There is a written transcript of this presentation.
To read another account of his time in service, with photos, see Don Ward’s book, The Greatest Generation of Silver Wings (2004) pp. 97-102. ISBN 0-9654964-0-8. The Memorial Press.

Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Prisoner of War (POW).
Missing Air Crew Report 11128.

Service

People

  • Arthur Champ

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his third combat mission, 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #11128

  • Jack Chidley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his first mission, 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia. MACR# 11128 POW

  • Gerald Foretich

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 30 November 1944 (his 3rd mission) in B-17 #44-8409. Prisoner of War (POW). at Stalag Luft 1 at Barth, Germany for 8 months. He was one of three survivors of the crash. POW

  • Menceslaus Gerlach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 30 November 1944 in B-17 44-8409. Killed in Action. MACR# 11128 Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #190 dated 26 September 1944, G Holmes Crew.

  • Robert Love

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his first mission, 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR# 11128 Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #226 dated 15 November 1944, Arthur Champ Crew.

  • Rodney Penrose

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his first mission, 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11128

  • Charles Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his first mission, 30 November 1944 in B-17 #44-8409. Prisoner of War (POW). Died from injuries on 12/5/44 ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8409

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Patterson 5/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 545th Bomb SQuadron, 384th Bomb Group [JD-N] Grafton Underwood on 7 October 1944; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Arthur Dexter Champ, Menceslaus Anthony Gerlach, Rodney...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Park River, North Dakota, USA 5 October 1925
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 15 November 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 545th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 SPecial Orders #226 dated 15 November 1944, Arthur Dexter Champ Crew. Two combat missions.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 30 November 1944 – May 1945

POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Died Minneapolis, MN, USA 30 April 2015

Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Original Sec. Block 14, Lot 8,Space 10

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 17:18:56 bombercommand Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=5139

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=145964931

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 00:25:39 bombercommand Changes to person associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 00:21:40 bombercommand Changes to biography and person associations
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 22:46:25 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography and mission associations
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 13:21:40 call0031 Changes to nickname, biography and place associations
Sources

https://sites.google.com/site/8thafhsmn/pictures/wesley-borgeson-b-17-ta...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11128 / MACR 11128, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=b... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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