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Carroll Eugene Forister

Military

Graduated Radio School in Sioux Falls, SD September 1943. Graduated Aerial Gunnery School in Laredo, TX October 1943. B-24 training-Blythe, CA from December 1943 to April 1944. Assigned to 34th BG, aircrew member of B-24 based at Mendlesham. Completed 29 missions over Germany, France, Belgium, and Holland. Flew bombing missions in support of D-Day invasion. Returning from 6th mission, June 7, 1944, shot down over England by German night fighters that followed us across the Channel. Baled out safely, although three crew members perished. Returned to USA, reassigned to Air Transport Command ferrying supplies to the Pacific war zone-returning as hospital plane ferrying wounded to California. As AJ Day neared, flew first occupation troops into Japan. Later volunteered 45 days TDY flying the Hump between Calcutta, India and Kumming, China with supplies for Chinese, still fighting the Japanese. Discharged October 1945.

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 Battle Stars), AP (2 Battle Stars), American campaign.

Service

People

  • Robert Bice

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wilmer Dreher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived 7-Jun-44 mission in B-24 42-94911 'Sweet Sioux'; enemy intruder A/C followed bomber stream back to base, shooting down A/C. Crashed off base near Wetheringsett, Baled out. Returned to Duty (RTD). ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 4th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94911 'Sweet Sioux'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 7-Jun-44 mission with crew #17; enemy intruder A/C followed bomber stream back to base, shooting down 4 x A/C. Crashed off base near Wethering Stell, 7 x RTD, 3 x KIA. MACR ??

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Louis, Missouri 2 December 1923

Son of Rufus Carroll and Ruth Marie [Douglas] Forister.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, MO 11 February 1943

Jefferson Barracks Missouri

Graduated Radio School Sioux Falls, SD September 1943

Specialist training.

Graduated Aerial Gunnery School Laredo, TX October 1943

Specialist training.

Operational training Blythe, CA December 1943 – April 1944

B-24 crew training.

Based Mendlesham 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Saint Louis, MO 3 July 2008
Buried Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium, Kirkwood, St. Louis County, MO 6 July 2008

Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium
Kirkwood, St. Louis County, MO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 15:46:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/291392422
https://www.fold3.com/record/82778210-carroll-e-forister
https://www.fold3.com/record/89929665-carroll-e-forister
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139586500/carroll-e_-forister
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86339139/carroll-eugene-forister

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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