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Francis L Berard

Military

Crashed at Jouldes on 6/19/44 in B-17 'Channel Express III'.

Sgt. Francis L. Berard, waist gunner, was unconscious at the time of the explosion. When he came to he was coming down on the center section of the fuselage. He grabbed a 'chute, snapped it to his harness and landed safely. By the next day he had rejoined his crew mates and they made it back to base.

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40050

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Waterville, ME, USA
Evaded capture 19 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2017 14:19:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- MACR 6002 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database'
- Data Update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1317

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