On 26-Feb-43 while serving as the Tail Gunner in B-17F 41-24623, 305BG/365BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He was able to bail out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft was then attacked by German fighters and crashed into tha Jadebusen (Jade Bight) just east of Wilhlemshaven, Germany.
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 Geiger 1-Sep-42; with George Stallman force landed Hancock Field, NY 5-Oct-42; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Presque Isle, Maine 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Chelveston 11-Dec-42; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-43. The...
26 February 1943
After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...
Military site : airfield
Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...
||Born Wisconsin, Cook County, Illinois
||2 April 1905
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||Krems an der Donau, Austria
||26 February 1943 – 17 July 1945
Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Genikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 17-Jul-45