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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....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

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
31 January 2020 19:01:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2020 20:24:34 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the mission of 9-Oct-42 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:27:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Eliminated mission connection

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