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Donald Leslie Lash

Military

Donald Lash was Navigator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

Service

People

  • Russell Hardy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Russell Hardy was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Gerald Johnston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Gerald Johnston was Pilot of B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Dayton Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Dayton Kelly was Waist Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • James Lawman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    James Lawman was Tail Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Ben Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Ben Marshall was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frank O'Neill

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Frank O’Neill was Bombardier on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Parks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    William Parks was Radio Operator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Redpath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Spot Jammer (SJ) | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Redpath was Spot Jammer on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Robinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Matthew Robinson was Co-Pilot on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102677 Mississippi Mission, Bob Tail Battler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Billings 3/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44. Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 27/5/44. Missing in Action on the 14 January 1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Pilot Gerald W. Johnston, Radio Operator William J....

Missions

  • 792

    14 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 19 August 1920

Redwood Falls, Redwood County, Minnesota (Note : his WWII Draft card has 17/8/1920...)

Lived in 1940

Heyworth, McLean County, Illinois

Enlisted 25 September 1942

San Diego, California

Captured 14 January 1945

near Garlitz, 15km North of Brandenburg, Germany, after the crash of B-17 #42-102677

Prisoner of War (POW) 14 January 1945 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945. NARA WWII POW records : Returned to Military Control 31 May 1945.”

Buried 1981

Donald Lash rests at the Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois

Died 19 September 1981

Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 10:42:07 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

MACR 11725
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
NARA WWII POW records
NARA - German captured documents : KU-3569 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147911915

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 10:27:20 ED-BB Changes to middlename, awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11725

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 21:51:28 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11725 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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