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Frank J Mirenda


Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Damon Elder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97509 Old Hickory

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Presque Is 17/2/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 28/2/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 2/3/44 with Damon Elder, Navigator: Ed Connors, Bombardier: Alby Stravinsky, Radio Operator: Dan Gilmore, Ball...


  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft IV

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  • Dulag Luft 12

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Event Location Date
Born North Bergen, New Jersey, USA 21 November 1920

Son of Frank Mirenda.

Lived in Hudson County, NJ 1941
Enlisted New York City, NY 20 October 1942
Based Molesworth 1943 – 2 March 1944

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Dinant, Belgium 2 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt am Main in B-17 42-97509; Shot down, baled out vicinity Dinant, Belgium. POW. MACR 2864

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 2 March 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 6 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Rochelle Park, NJ 9 November 1978


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 16:23:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2864 / MACR 2864, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database