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Frederick Teseler Prasse

Military

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 Harbor, he transferred to the USAAF. Trained as a Pilot and received his wings at Turner Field, Albany, Georgia in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was involved in a mid-air collison piloting B-17 # 42-3184 on a training flight at Alconbury on 21 July 1943 (collision with B-17 # 42-29853). He was pilot of B17 #42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack of fuel on return from the Stuttgart mission of 6 September 1943. All ten men on board were rescued by a French boat and returned to base. He was Pilot of B-17 # 42-30711 on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, but had to abort the mission as the plane's #2 supercharger regulator was not functioning properly. Promoted to Captain on 1 November 1943, he flew on a number of operations. Was Co-Pilot to Lt Klyza on board B-17 #42-97778, the 92nd BG leading aircraft on the 4 August 1944 mission to Anklam, Germany. Assistant Group Operations Officer in the 92nd's 325th BS, he flew as Co-Pilot in the Group's lead aircraft (Serial # ?) on the 24 August 1944 mission to Merseburg. He was wounded in the hip during this mission, when a burst of Flak struck the ship on the bomb run. Fred Prasse ended his military career as a Colonel in the USAAF.

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...

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    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...

  • 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...

  • Joseph Thornton

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 as Co=Pilot in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 16 November 1943 as Pilot of B-17 #42-29996 'Flagship'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Otto Trammer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Otto Trammer enlisted in September 1942 and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Right Waist Gunner on board of B-17 #42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-29853

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Framlingham 13/6/43; 1m, transferred 407/327BS/92BG [UX-S/U] Alconbury 17/6/43; in a slight mid-air collision with 42-3184 (92) on 21/7/43 with Tom Hullings; Missing in...

  • 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,...

  • 42-30711 Fertile Turtle Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/7/43; Gore 28/7/43; Watertown 31/7/43; Kearney 3/8/43; Topeka 12/8/43; Scott 13/8/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-G/H] Alconbury 31/8/43; crash landed RAF base 28/1/44 with Art Pickers; ...

  • 42-3184 ALIQUIPPA

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12 March 1943; Memphis 4 September 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-C/Q] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Piloted by Frederick T. Prasse on 21 July 1943 and involved in slight mid-air collision with 42-29853 (327BS/92BG - Pilot Thomas M....

  • 42-97778

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24 February 1944; Denver 2 March 1944; 1SAG Langley 1 June 1944; Dow Field 24 June 1944; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 15 July 1944; transferred 305BG Chelveston 16 JUly 1944; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Podington 1 August 1944;...

Missions

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • 516

    4 August 1944

  • 568

    24 August 1944

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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State 18 September 1918

the son of German-born Carl S. and Louise P. Prasse

Lived in West Brighton, Staten Island, NY, √Čtats-Unis 1930
Lived in Staten Island, New York, United States 1940
Enlisted 1940

in the Army Reserve Corps

Commission 1940

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant

entered the Armored Force School Fort Knox, Kentucky 1940
called to active duty Pennsylvania, United States November 1940
transferred to the US Army Air Forces December 1941
received his pilot's wings Turner Field, Albany, Georgia, United States August 1942
Promoted to Captain 1 November 1943
Buried 1967
Died Washington, District of Columbia, United States 15 June 1967

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 11:35:04 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Added details to bio; connection with aircraft and missions
Aborted mission on 42-30711 : http://92ndma.org/missions/43o14schweinfurt.htm
Info about the 4 August 1944 mission with Lt Klyza : http://www.92ndma.org/92nd/326Journal/844.htm
24 August 1944 mission : http://92ndma.org/miscellaneous/Newsletters/missrptaug44.689.pdf
Some details from pages 14-15 at https://chiphi.dynamic.omegafi.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2013/2016/10...

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 16:04:25 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

* US 1930 Census
* 92nd Bomb Group website : http://92ndma.org
* Article about the 6 September 1943 dirching of 42-29965 on page 14 at http://92ndma.org/miscellaneous/Newsletters/newsletter.993.pdf
* Aborted on 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt ith 42-30711 : http://92ndma.org/missions/43o14schweinfurt.htm
* Mention of his being wounded on the Merseburg mission 24 August 1944 on page 1 at http://92ndma.org/miscellaneous/Newsletters/missrptaug44.689.pdf
* Pages 14-15 at
https://chiphi.dynamic.omegafi.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2013/2016/10...
* SSDI - Social Security Death Index

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 22:22:32 Brooke M Changes to middlename, nickname and highest rank
Sources

Personal Knowledge- Daughter of Col Prasse

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:29 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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