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Pierce Bernard Tyler

Military

Pierce Tyler was a student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana in 1940. After his enlistment in the Air Corps he was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron and sent overseas. He was Radio Operator on board 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December 1942. He and all nine other men on board were killed. To this day, all ten are still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Thomas Borders

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Lt Thomas Borders graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa before enlisting in the Air Corps in July 1941. Assigned as a Pilot in the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron, he was sent overseas. He was Pilot of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on...

  • Edward Du Paul

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | Photographer/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Edward Du Paul was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron at Polebrook, England. He was a photographer/gunner on 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December...

  • Henry Eaton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Henry Eaton was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Engineer/Gunner on board 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December 1942. He and all nine...

  • Jack Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Jack Elliott was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Waist Gunner on board 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December 1942. He and all nine...

  • Fleming Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Fleming Goolsby was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Co-Pilot of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17 August 1942. Transferred to North Africa with the 97thBG, he was...

  • Theodore Hokenstad

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    Theodore Hokenstad was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Navigator on board 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December 1942. He and all nine...

  • Edward Swedo

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Edward Swedo was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Tail Gunner on board 41-24413 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" when it was lost to Flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to Biskra, Tunisia, 26 December 1942. He and all nine other...

  • Mortimer Walsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Mortimer Walsh was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Bombardier on board of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" 41-9100 on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17 August 1942. Transferred to North Africa with...

  • Kent West

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Kent West (first name "Kemp" in the US 1930 Census) was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Ball Turret Gunner on board 41-9100 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17...

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24413 BIRMINGHAM BLITZKRIEG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14 July 1942. Transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24 August 1942. To Maison Blanche, Algiers, Algeria 13 November 1942. To Tafaraoui, Algeria 22 November 1942. To Biskra, Algeria 25 December 1942. Missing in Action on the Bizerte...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greenbier, Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States 9 February 1915

the son of Elijah J. and Ina Genoa (Holloway) Tyler

Lived in Wooster, Clifton Township, Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States 1940
Died Tunisia, North Africa 26 December 1942

in the loss of B-17 41-24413

Memorialized

on the Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 15:42:09 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

MACR 16150
Research on crew of 41-24413
US Censuses 1930 and 1940
WWII USAAF Casualties for Faulkner County, Arkansas
ABMC website

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