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Francis C Mancuso Jr

Military

Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR.

POW 16 Months Stalag XVIIB

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-31234 The Barber Shop, Johnnie Walker III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 245/10/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Rougham 27/10/43 THE BARBER SHOP; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Joe Barber, Navigator: John McGrath, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2019 21:11:31 Frank Mancuso III Changes to events
Sources

personal recollections

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 03:54:34 Frank Mancuso III Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal collection

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 03:32:56 Frank Mancuso III Changes to service number, biography and mission associations
Sources

VA Former POW Medical History

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1894, 8th AF Losses

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