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Gerald Lloyd Norman

Military

Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Gerald Norman was the sole survivor. Prisoner of War (POW). The nine other men on board most probably drowned in the Bay of Biscay and are listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Murray Bader

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Brady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Francis Driscoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Walter Gookin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Raymond Heilmann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Olen McCormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Warren Mullins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Edwin Mydlenski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Gilford Pierce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-39816 Vermont Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 8/9/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 14/10/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Gilford Pierce, Co-pilot: Walt Cookin, Navigator: Murray Bader, Bombardier: Warren Mullins, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Haile, Louisiana, USA 29 May 1917
Enlisted 30 May 1941

Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 5 January 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag XVIIA, near Krems, Austria. NARA WWII POW record : "Returned to Military Control 30 June 1945."

Honorably discharged 22 October 1945
Died 27 December 1979

Marion, Louisiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 13:56:04 ED-BB Changes to role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2013
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:56:09 dixierain Changes to service number
Sources

MACR 2013

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:55:37 dixierain Changes to role
Sources

MACR 2013

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:36:43 dixierain Changes to events
Sources

MACR 2013

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:35:39 dixierain Changes to middlename
Sources

MACR 2013

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 02:59:32 dixierain Changes to nickname
Sources

http://www.stalag17b.com/roster.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2013 / MACR 2013; Snetterton Falcons pg 82 and 97 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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