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Earl M Cherry


Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Standby', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier August 1943 in B-17 #42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, A/C was attacked by fighters. With A/C afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near Frankfurt. Pilot Judy, Copilot Lays and Engineer Cherry stayed with the A/C and landed on the grass at RAF Manston, Kent, Bassingbourn 121.




  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5178 The Old Stand By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-L] Bassingbourn 11/1/43; Missing in Action on its 15th mission, to Anklam, Germany on 9 October 1943. Pilot James D. Judy; Co-pilot: John K....


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/42; Wayne 6/11/42; West Palm Beach, Fl 14/12/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 1/1/43 HEAVYWEIGHT ANNIHILATORS II; battle damaged 22/6/43, repaired & transferred 324BS; 17m crash landed Manston on return from...

Associated Place

  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...


Event Location Date
Born Cabot, Arkansas, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Denmark 9 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
18 August 2021 13:12:43 acbernstein1 Changes to biography


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:12:53 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to the A/C #42-5712 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:10:30 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 898 / MACR 898, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 248 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database