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Francis D Andersen


Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). This was his 8th mission per the MACR #1157.


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24565 The Ramblin' Wreck, IDAHO POTATO PEELER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Hall, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 5 November 1943

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 21:00:30 jmoore43 Changes to surname, service number, biography and events

Added a "Summary biography" copied from another of his crew.
Added S/N and POW camp info from POW records at the National Archives.
Corrected spelling of his last name (see MACR #1157 at 303BG website).

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

MACR 1157 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database