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George L Calandros

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Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Honorably discharged 28 October 1945.

Service

People

  • Vincent Barbella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gerald Bentzel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Went down on 23rd bombing...

  • Charles Dillow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Kupka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wilbert Mannie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julius Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Melvin Spencer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 February 1944 in B-17 #4237971. Prisoner of War (POW). Immediately after completing our training, several of us navigators were sent to England as replacements because of the heavy casualties in the 8th bomber command. We arrived in...

  • Anthony Tuberose

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Anthony Tuberose ended his...

  • William Whitman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37971

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 1/12/43; 8m, Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Tony Tuberose, Co-pilot: Chas Kipka, Navigator: Melvin Spencer (spent only one night at Horham, never even unpacked...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Martins Ferry, Ohio, USA 21 November 1921
Lived in 1942

Baltimore, Maryland

Enlisted 29 July 1942

Baltimore, Maryland

Bailed out 10 February 1944

of B-17 42-37971, over Germany

Prisoner of War (POW) 10 February 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 4 in Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. NARA WWII POW records: "Returned to Military Control 1 June 1945."

Died 31 January 2003

Canton, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 10:00:03 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Cards
NARA WWII POW records
Grandson George

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2526 / MACR 2526, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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