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Fred Champion

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Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the plane returned safely to England.
In the Bombardier/Togglier position, he was on board B-17 #42-29965 which went down in the Channel for lack of fuel on return from the Stuttgart mission on 6 September 1943 with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. All ten men on board rescued by a French boat and returned to base.

Service

People

  • David Besbris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    David Bresbis was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. He was serving in that function on B-17 #42-29965 when it ditched for lack of fuel in the English Channel on return from the 6 September 1943 to Stuttgart, Germany. All ten men...

  • Edward Bruni

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Edward Bruni graduated from St. Mary of the Mount High School in 1934. He was a winning football coach of the high school from 1937-39, together with Eppie Graner, and coached three champion teams and one co-champion team in the Catholic League. ...

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • John Disher

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Controller | 100th Bomb Group
    Served as Ball Turret Gunner when shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Slighly injured in the ditching, returned to base like the other nine men on board who were rescued by a French boat. Flew a total of 25...

  • Rolland Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After his enlistment in August 1942, Rolland Galloway followed gunnery training. Promoted to Staff Sergent, he was sent overseas and assigned as a Tail Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29965...

  • John Geegee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    John Geegee enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942 and trained first at Miami Beach, and Fort Myers, Florida. He followed gunnery courses in Goldsboro and Johnson Field, South Carolina, receiving his gunner's wings at Fort Myers, Florida. He was then...

  • Charles Hartnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After 4 years of High School, Charles Hartnett started working as a mail clerk in 1940. He enlisted in July 1942 and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on board B-17...

  • Lohnas Knapp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    A 1940 graduate of Cornell University, Lohnas Knapp enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1941 and trained as a Navigator on B-17s. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. Slightly wounded on his 23rd mission during...

  • Harry McIntosh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    A graduate of Suffern High School, Harry McIntosh enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941. After receiving his Pilot wings, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. His son reports that he had been a pilot of another B...

  • Frederick Prasse

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1940. Received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve Corps. Called to active duty, November 1940. Entered the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Shortly after Pearl...

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18 March 43; Gore 28 March 1943; Presque Isle 5 May 1943; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12 May 1943; Rougham 13 June 1943; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-L] Alconbury 26 July 1943; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with,...

  • 42-29996 FLAG SHIP

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, United States 22 September 1919
Lived in Memphis City, Hall County, Texas, United States 1930

with his Mother Maria, older brother Earl and 3 sisters, one older, two younger

Lived in Ventura, Ventura County, California, United States 1941
Enlisted Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, United States 19 November 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

rescued 6 September 1943

Was Bombardier/Togglier on board of 42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack of fuel on return from the Stuttgart mission. All ten men on board rescued by a French boat.

Died Lafayette, Lafayette County, Louisiana, United States 12 March 1988

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 08:23:03 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Modified detail to Bio (rescue 6 Sept. 1943)

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 09:35:57 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Deleted media; connected photo

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 09:32:07 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930
August 1943 article about the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart : https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/10750270/
SSDI - Social Security Death Index

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 268

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