Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-30386. Prisoner of War (POW). The a/c was crippled by fighters, fire in the bomb bay, two engines out and the elevator controls also shot out. Crashed near Estree Blanche.
At the time of enlistment, Earl was 25 years old, had a grammar school education and was single, with dependents. Two years later, Earl was captured by Nazi Germany while serving in France, and was sent to Stalag 17B near Krems, Austria where 3,219 other American POWs were held. Earl's capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on January 7, 1944, and the last report was made on July 18, 1945. Based on these two reports, Earl was imprisoned for at least 558 days (1 year and ~7 months). The average duration of imprisonment was 363 days. Ultimately, Earl was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated.
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dyersburg 27/6/43; Smoky Hill 28/6/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 6/9/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Neil Lathrop,Tail gunner: Alf Wendt (2...