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George R Francis

Military

Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all seemed to be okay, when suddenly his airplane blew up in midair. The parachutes, without the crew men floated down through the air like autumn leaves. It was a sickening sight, because we knew that the poor devils were falling to earth without a chance to survive,This is a statement from a book by Gen. J. Kemp McLaughlin, a leader of the 92nd BG in WW II

Service

People

  • Colman Asher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Killed in Action (KIA). "On the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • William Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was among the 19 evaders (2 from the RAF, 11 from the USAAF and 6 from the Royal Navy) who boarded a Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat ...

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

  • 42-30010

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/3/43; Smoky Hill 4/4/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X] Alconbury 25/4/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Coleman Asher, Co-pilot: Harvey Protzman, Navigator: George Francis, Bombardier: John Chapman, Flight engineer/top...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 6 September 1943
Died 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 739 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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