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George Thomas Sterler

Military

Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (Battle star).

Service

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  • Melvin Baumgartel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 ...

  • John Bedell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 42-5953 'Skin & Bones', would have completed his 25 mission tour with this crew, but was hospitalised due to his sinuses, tour length being extended to 28 whilst he was laid up. Failed to Return (FTR)...

  • Abner Fisch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Charles Goettling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. His wife Margie gave birth to twin sons Ray and Roy shortly...

  • Evert McMonigle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. KIA. MACR 4574. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Edward Muszynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ronald Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. Awards: DFC AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Reagin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 1st combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102451

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Slated 385BG, Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 7/4/44. Missing in Action Berlin 8 May 1944 with Pilot George T. Sterler, Tail gunner: Edward A. Muszynski (2 Prisoners of War). Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled doe to weather before it could take off. Mission...

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ashton, Iowa, USA 12 March 1921

Son of Henry and Helen I Sterler.

Enlisted Des Moines, IA 16 April 1942

Des Moines, Iowa

Pilot training Pyote AAF, TX 1943

Flight training as co-pilot; Pyote, TX then Dyersburg, TN.

Pilot training Dalhart AAF, TX 1943 – December 1943

Flight training as pilot; Back at Pyote, TX then to Dalhart, TX.

Departed ZI for ETO Grand Island AAF, NE December 1943 – January 1944

Departed from Grand Island, NE to ETO in B-17 flown by ATC crew.

Based Snetterton Heath January 1944 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW 12 miles Sth of Hildesheim, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. POW. MACR 4574

Hospitalised POW Obermasfeld, Germany 8 May 1944 – 22 May 1944

Hospitalised due to broken ankle.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 22 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, later to Stalag VIIa, Moosburg.

Died 17 August 2019

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2020 11:16:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

8th AF NEWS - December 2019 'TAPS'

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2019 16:23:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/84605526-george-t-sterler
https://www.fold3.com/image/178416980?rec=178417099
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https://www.fold3.com/image/649774879?terms=George%20Sterler
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/378185
http://www.moosburg.org/info/stalag/sterleng.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIsHiKnlo2E
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45628787/george-t-sterler

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2015 20:24:12 lsterler Changes to highest rank and awards
Sources

I am George Sterler's son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4574 / MACR 4574; Snetterton Falcons, page 99 & 146 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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