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  • Michael Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30824 BOBBY JOE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 4/8/43; Gore Fd 5/8/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Podington 26/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Frank Talbot, Co-pilot: Elvin Erickson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Evans,...

  • 42-31067

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG Ridgewell 20/10/43 BLACK WIDOW; transferred 535BS [MS-T/Q]; {67m} Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-3462 San Antonio Rose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/6/43; Dow 14/7/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-B] Horham 18/7/43; battle damaged by enemy aircraft Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with L.L. Kerr, 7RTD; Waist gunner: Robert Roy, Waist gunner: Steve Smierksi,Tail gunner: Bob Crawford (3 Prisoner...

  • 42-3529

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hill 23/7/43; Ephrata 4/8/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-F, then T] Horham 6/10/43;Tail gunner: Vic Walek [wia] 13/12/43; 26m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Francis Frantz, Co-pilot: Ray Wilson, Navigator: Chas McDonald, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37988

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-M] Horham 3/12/43; 27m, Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with John Vilberg, Navigator: Adrien Caignon, Bombardier: Bill Weston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph McCleod, Radio...

  • 42-38151

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 6/2/44; 4m, severe battle damaged Berlin 16/3/44 with Dave Norred, Co-pilot: Harry Olsen, Navigator: Ellsworth Van Fleet, Bombardier: Frank Balestrine, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97945 'Problem Chile' 'Luck Of The Irish'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 18/5/44; Dow Fd 9/6/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 11/6/44; 14m, transferred 568BS/390BG [BI-B] Framlingham 10/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/7/45;...


  • VIII Fighter Command RODEO 200

    11 April 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 P-47s on a Rodeo to Calaise, France. Targets of opportunity bot determined. No losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Born Rochester, NY 20 October 1920
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 29 January 1944 – 6 March 1944

11 Combat Missions

Shot Down/Captured near Colnrade, Germany 6 March 1944
POW Tychowo, Poland 15 March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV
(dates are approximate)

Died Canadaigua, NY 15 May 1999
Buried Shortsville, NY 18 May 1999

Saint Roses Cemetery
Shortsville, Ontario County, New York, USA