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Eugene B Ellis


Shot down on February 4, 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. The pilots crash landed on the beach at Terschelling, Holland and destroyed the plane. 2 were killed and the other 8 became Prisoner of War (POW)s. Ellis is listed at Stalag 3 in Bavaria originally then moved to Nuremberg Langwasser. Ellis's twin brother Herschel was a pilot with the 305th and was shot down April 4 1943 near Roen, France.



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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24589 Texas Bronco

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24589 "Texas Bronco" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Dow Field, Bangor 15-Sep-42; with Gene Ellis, wrecked, while turning plane into takeoff position, tail wheel ran off runway causing tail section severed from rear bulkhead, 5-Oct-42, repaired...


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 19

    14 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens of La Pallice, France are the Primary(P) target for a combined bomber force of 21 B-17s from 91BG (14) and 306BG (7); 93BG also joins the raid with 13 B-24s. However, La Pallice is completely clouded over, so instead, the bombers attack...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Brownfield, Texas, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 4 February 1943 – 14 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 14-Jun-45.


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 20:35:24 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 23:14:31 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 21:00:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations, made connection to Place and Mission within existing website data; Corrected role to Pilot per 91BG/323BS Daily Report of 4-Feb-43; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Edited Biography adding crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:21 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15124 / MACR 15124; Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 73, National Archives web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database