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Francis Joseph Bornhorst Jr


Crashed E of Envereu, France due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, France area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War
Missing Air Crew Report 2937


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31058

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Austin Rinne, Co-pilot: Francis Bornhorst, Navigator: Bill Trees, Bombardier: John Aegeter, Flight...


  • 8th Air Force 238

    28 February 1944
    A combined force of 258 B-17s are despatched from 1st and 3rd Air Divisions to bomb V-Weapon sites around the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission Summary follows> ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Shelbyville, IN 46176, USA
Assigned 17 November 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, Austin Dean Rinne Crew. Thirteen combat missions.

Prisoner of War 28 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 10:29:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations

Merged with duplicate record to include information from :
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia
/ MACR 2937, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces,

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 22:05:42 bombercommand Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia