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;
Units served with
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,...
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....
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...
||Glendale, CA, USA
||22 January 1917
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||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.
||1 August 1994
||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills