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David Hall Black

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Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • William Harry

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stayed in the Air Force after the war and served in Korea. He ended his military career as a Lt Colonel in the USAF.

  • William MacPhail

    Military | Copilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Charles Mannka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombardier Charles Mannka served in the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. On return from the Kassel raid on July 30, 1943, he was on board B-17 #42-5848 'Patches', which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured and extensive battle damage. ...

  • Julius Markus

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Julius Markus was a Left Waist Gunner in the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. Shot down on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Captured, made a Prisoner of War (POW). Interned at Stalag XVIIB (17B) near...

  • John McKenna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    John McKenna was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal', shot down on the 14 October 1943 raid to Schweinfurt. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leroy Parent

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Leroy Parent was a Tail Gunner in the 384th Bomb Group. He was on board B-17 # 42-5848 'Patches', badly damaged during the 30 July 1943 raid on Kassel and which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured. ...

  • Howard Parks

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Howard Parks was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal', shot down on the Schweinfurt raid 14 October 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ivan Rice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Ivan Rice was a Co-Pilot in the 384th Bomb Group/547th Bomb Squadron. ...

  • Edward Simpson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Edward Simpson was a Radio Operator in the 384th Bomb Group. He was on board B-17 # 42-5848 'Patches', badly damaged during the 30 July 1943 raid on Kassel and which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured. Shot down on 14 October 1943 in B-17 ...

  • Thomas Wheeler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer/top turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Thomas Brooks Wheeler (listed as "Tom B. Wheeler" at NARA's Enlistment records) was Engineer/Top Turret gunner in the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29800 'Me and My Gal'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Smoky Hill 14/3/43; Morrison 9/4/43; Assigned 95th Bomb Group/335th Bomb Squadron [OE-L] at Alconbury 17 May 1943. Flew 4 missions with the 95th BG. Transferred to 305th Bomb Group/422nd Bomb Squadron [JJ-E/J]...

  • 42-30033 "Little America"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/5/43; Assigned to the 547BS/384BG [S0-G] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43, then the 546BS [BK-G]; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Maj Maurice Stanley Dillingham, Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alabama, United States 16 June 1921
Enlisted Montgomery, Alabama, United States 25 February 1942

in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 14 October 1943 – 27 April 1945

Captured; interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan, Poland. Evacuated on forced march from there to Stalag 7A Moosburg. Liberated there 27 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Allied military control 12 June 1945."

Died Snellville, Georgia, United States 13 April 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 21:57:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Removed a space(s) in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 13:36:53 ED-BB Changes to middlename
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Modified font of middle name

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 13:36:13 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 840
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 840 / MACR 840, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=b... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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