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David C Blodgett

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David C. Blodgett grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Franklin High School there and enlisted in the Air Corps in October 1942. In February 1944, he was stationed with the 305th Bomb Group in Ardmore, Oklahoma as an instructor in aerial engineering. He left shortly afterward to Europe and England, being assigned to the 410th Bomb Squadron in the 94th Bomb Group.
David Blodgett was Left Waist Gunner on B-17G #42-102457 'Filthy Hag" when it was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. It caught fire, 2 engines on the same side were knocked out and the communications system destroyed. David Blodgett, Right Waist Gunner Frank G. Scorsune and Radio Operator Carl J. Eckhart bailed out of the burning plane. The aircraft was flown back to England by the pilot, Lt Frank A. Bartos and the three men were made prisoner. All three were interned at Stalag 17B/XVIIB in Braunau/Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria. Liberated from Stalag XVIIB on 2 May 1945, David was back on furlough to Cedar Rapids on 13 June. He re-enlisted, as a T/Sgt in the Air Corps, on 2 November 1945 at the Great Plains Bombing Range, Sub Base of Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma.

Service

People

  • Carl Eckhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Carl J. Eckhart was Radio Operator on B-17G #42-102457 'Filthy Hag" when it was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. The plane caught fire, 2 engines on the same side were knocked out and the...

  • Frank Scorsune

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Frank Scorsune was Right Waist Gunner on B-17G #42-102457 'Filthy Hag" when it was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. It caught fire, 2 engines on the same side were knocked out and the...

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102457 Filthy Hag, Gloria

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Field 4 March 1944; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-R] Rougham 6 April 1944. Nicknamed "FILTHY HAG". Was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. It caught fire, 2...

Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Iowa, United States 24 June 1924

the son of John C. and Catherine L. Blodgett

Lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States 1942
Enlisted 27 October 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Braunau/Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria 22 April 1944 – 2 May 1945

Bailed out of plane with 2 other crew members; pilot brought aircraft back to England. Captured, was interned at Stalag Luft 17B/XVIIB in Braunau/Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria. Liberated by US troops on 2 May 1945. NARA WWII POW records :" Returned to Military control 24/05/1945."

Died Iowa, United States 1 April 1979

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 17:17:06 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4162
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 646

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