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Francis N Belgrasch

Military

TG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC.
Bethlehem, PA

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People

  • John Avrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail II'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Killed in Action. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC. Thompson, GA

  • Jesse Boston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #425845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at...

  • Richard Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge...

  • Leo Canelake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #425845 'Whale Tail II'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at...

  • Max Cisek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at...

  • Tony Hernandez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing...

  • Harry Johnson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at...

  • Paul McDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale Tail II'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Killed in Action. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC. ...

  • Thomas Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Canelake crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-5845 'Whale tail II'. Mission #51 to the submarine pens at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1724. Killed in Action. Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge AMC. ...

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5845 Whale Tail II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Capt Dave Kunkel Sq CO, Capt George Shackley Ops off, Elton Jukes assistant Ops off, Paul Stull eng off, Bill Dailey S-2...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 20 December 1943
Died 20 December 1943
Buried

Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 19:23:53 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1724 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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