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Albert W LaChasse

Military

Shot down on 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24510 'Snoozy II' while serving as Bombardier.Prisoner of War (POW). Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox, assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 2 crew members evaded and 1 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6706.

POW; Caterpiller Pin;

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24510 Snoozy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II....

Associated Place

  • 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 Glendale, CA, USA 22 January 1917
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 9 October 1942 – 7 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control 7-Jun-45.

Died 1 August 1994
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:27:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Eliminated mission connection

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 18:41:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6706; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 18:59:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 6706; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 6706, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37; Combat Crews page 135. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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