The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...
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|Born||Des Moines, IA||4 June 1919|
|Shot Down/WIA/Captured||near Vienna, Austria||13 October 1944|
On October 13, 1944, he was pilot of B-24J (S/N: 42-51764 with a crew of 10 on a mission to Vienna, Austria. Upon reaching the target, his plane was hit by flak and 2 engines burst into flame. He and some of the crew were able to bail out before the plane exploded (MACR #9047). He became a Prisoner Of War in Luft-Stalag 1.
He was badly burned while escaping from his aircraft, and was taken to a German military hospital after his capture. He always spoke highly of the treatment he received there, particularly by the German doctor who treated him
|POW||Barth, Germany||20 October 1944 – May 1945|
Stalag Luft I
|Died||Chicago, IL||3 September 1972|
|Buried||Des Moines, IA||7 September 1972|
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
|17 July 2020 23:34:31||466thHistorian||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations|