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Charles Francis Geyer Jr

Military

Lt Charles Geyer was Pilot on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018. Lt Geyer landed in parachute near Dinther in the Netherlands and was soon joined by his Co-Pilot Robert Surdez. Both were soon captured, sent to Amsterdam and interned at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany.

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People

  • Aaron Becker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3439. Killed in Action (KIA). Aaron Becker was a susbstitute for Pilot Charles F. Geyer's regular Radio Operator, Melvin H. Litke.

  • William Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down on B-17 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron. MACR 1018. Navigator William Doherty landed in parachute near Erp, Holland. He quickly reunited with his Engineer Frank Killarney and both were helped by Dutch underground member...

  • Alexander Guilianelli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Alexander was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Killarney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron. MACR 1018. Engineer Frank Killarney landed in parachute near Erp, Holland. He quickly reunited with his Navigator William Doherty and both were helped by Dutch underground member...

  • Edward Lantron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Edward Lantron was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. (KIA) Killed in Action. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018.

  • Melvin Litke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Melvin Litke served as a Radio Operator/Gunner in the 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron. A member of the original Charles F. Geyer crew he was not on board Geyer's B-17 Serial 42-3439 when it was shot down on 20 October 1943, having been...

  • Donald Mills

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Bombardier on B-17 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018. Evaded capture - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 279. ...

  • Everett Missey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Everett Missey was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569. He was originally from the Charles F. Geyer Jr crew.

  • James Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    James Parker was Tail Gunner on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Randel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Charles Randel was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 # 42-3439 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 20 October 1943. (KIA) Killed in Action. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018. He was a substitute on that mission for Pilot Geyer's regular...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron
  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3439

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/6/43; Redmond 14/8/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-V] Snetterton 15/8/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fort Wayne, Indiana 6 November 1918

Son of Charles F. Geyer and Mary Geyer

Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, United States 9 January 1942

Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War - POW Barth, Germany 20 October 1943 – 16 June 1945

NARA WWII POW database :"Stalag Luft 1, Barth - returned to military control 16/6/45"

Died Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States 20 May 2001
Buried Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 15:57:25 ED-BB Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 1018

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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