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Conner Daniel Brewster

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Radio Operator Conner Brewster was killed by Flak inside B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II' on the Gelsenkirchen mission, November 5, 1943. Pilot William Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. Brewster's parachute failed to open and he was initially buried at Prisoner of War (POW) cemetery at Saint Trond, Belgium and later re-interred in USA. (Note: His WWII Draft Card has his first name as Connor, but all other official documents, as well as his tombstone, mention it as Conner.)

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Francis Dolsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner
    Francis Dolsen was Assistant Radio Operator on his 14th mission. On that mission, November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped,...

  • William Flesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II", pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • George Gineikis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Omar Gonzales

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • John Gossage

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 September 1943 on a practice flight in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. 5 Killed In Action; 5 rescued, Gossage among them - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 778. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B...

  • James Lux

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • Leon MacDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • James Marasco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • Harold Pope

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Harold Pope was Engineer/Gunner in the 100th Bomb Group / 349th Bomb Squadron. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8...

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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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Welch, McDowell County, WV 12 November 1907

Son of Robert G. and Pearl H. Brewster.

Lived in Marlboro County, SC 1942
Enlisted Camp Blanding, Starke, Bradford County, FL 9 April 1942

Camp Blanding, Starke, Bradford County, Florida

Buried Saint-Trond, FR November 1943

Interred at the Saint-Trond airfield Luftwaffe cemetery, Belgium

Died Gelsenkirchen, Germany 5 November 1943

Killed In Action (KIA) on board B-17 42-30088, over Germany

Buried Montverde Cemetery Montverde, Lake County, FL 1949

Re-Interred
Montverde Cemetery
Montverde,
Lake County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 21:24:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47348650
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953023
https://www.fold3.com/image/191779662
https://www.fold3.com/record/87827434-conner-d-brewster
https://www.fold3.com/image/191779662?terms=Conner%20D%20Brewster
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=527&I...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57015354/conner-d-brewster

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2020 01:12:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2019 13:31:34 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, person associations and media associations
Sources

US Census 1930
WWII Draft Cards
MACR 15553
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
VA Gravesite Locator
WWII Casualties for Marlboro County, South Carolina

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2018 17:57:11 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47348650
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953023?terms=Conner%20D%20Brewster
https://www.fold3.com/record/87827434-conner-d-brewster
https://www.fold3.com/image/191779662?terms=Conner%20D%20Brewster
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=527&I...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th BG unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 511-2, NARA / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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