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George Birch McVay Jr

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418

Flew 25 missions. Flew a shuttle mission: England-Russia-Italy-England-in September 1944, 'Operation Frantic. ' Dropped supplies to Polish Underground during Warsaw uprising. Awarded Polish Army Cross by Polish Government in Exile in London.

Legion of Merit, PH, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Comendation Medal, Ex-POW Medal, EAME w/ 3 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Polish Army Cross

Service

People

  • Vincent Blazquez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, baled out after flak hit Evaded (EVD) MACR 10418 ...

  • John Dugan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Edward Fetherston

    Military | Sergeant | Radar Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Stand in for McVay crew. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

  • Gilbert Frazer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • David Kile

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

  • Charles O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 #42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10418 ...

  • Carl Slivinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 combat missions. McVay crew. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102455 'Lucky Lady' 'Screaming Eagle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gt Falls 6/3/44; Cheyenne 4/4/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 8/5/44 LUCKY LADY; with H.E. Hansen force landed B-58 Melsbroek, Bel 6/2/45; with G.T. Purdy force landed A-96 Toul-Ochey,...

  • 42-31760 'Ikky Poo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Danver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 4/2/44; 17m, Missing in Action night practice mission 6/11/44 with George Birch McVay; Co-pilot: Charles O’Brien,...

  • 42-97264 'Shoo Shoo Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; slated 447BG, Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 10/3/44; with J.H. Griffin 28/7/44, Co-pilot: Ed Robert, Ball turret gunner: John Tracy both [wia]; 61m Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44...

  • 43-38317 'Flak Evader'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Hunter 2/8/44; Kearney 20/9/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 12/8/44; with J.H. Corbin force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; 89m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Ypsilanti 23/6/45; 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 43-38595 'Stormy Weather'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 13/9/44; 6m, Missing in Action Cologne 17/10/44 with Arvil McCulley, Co-pilot: Jean Ericson, Navigator: Joe Kunze, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Andy...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cochran, GA 23 September 1923

Son of George Birch Sr and Ruby S McVay.

Enlisted Cochran Field, Macon, GA 25 June 1942

Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia

Based Horham 1944 – 6 November 1944

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Force landing POW Cottbus, Germany 6 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany POW MACR 10418

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 6 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Gainesville, GA 3 April 2012
Buried Georgia National Cemetery Canton, GA 6 April 2012

Georgia National Cemetery
Canton,
Cherokee County, Georgia
Section 1 Grave 81

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 18:30:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/4485

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 20:59:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29246996
https://www.fold3.com/image/29247013
https://www.fold3.com/image/647565968
https://www.fold3.com/record/84002083-george-b-mcvay-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93113232/birch-george-mcvay

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 13:52:17 bombercommand Changes to middlename
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MACR 10418

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 13:51:52 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank and person associations
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MACR 10418

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 11:21:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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