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Gilbert Arnold Borba

Military

Sgt Gilbert A. Borba, only survivor, all other crew were Killed in Action (KIA) 08-08-1944 Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain, France in B-17 "Varga Venus" #4337865

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People

  • Elton Dickens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed atSt Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

  • John Keys

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

  • Peter Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-37865, shot down by flak on 8 August 1944 - MACR 8073.

  • Harry Park

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

  • Frank Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain in B-17 #4337865

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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. ...

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 13th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102621 Varga Venus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 27/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 1/5/44; transferred 349BG [XR-P]; battle damaged Merseburg with Bob Chamberlin 29/7/44; Salvaged 8/8/44. VARGA VENUS.

  • 42-107230 Yehudi

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-B] Thorpe Abbotts 22/4/44; battle damaged Mainz 4/12/44 with ?; Salvaged 5/12/44. YEHUDI.

  • 43-37865

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44. Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-P] Thorpe Abbotts 10/7/44. Missing in Action on the mission to Saint-Sylvain (Calvados) 8 August 1944. Pilot : John P. Keys; Co-pilot: Elvin W. Samuelson; Navigator:...

Missions

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 398

    7 June 1944

  • 442

    25 June 1944

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Aromas, California, USA 13 July 1923
Enlisted San Francisco, California, USA 9 February 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) France 8 August 1944 – 1 June 1945

France
RAMP Camp #1, APO 562

Died Reno, Nevada, USA 4 March 1983
Buried Watsonville, California, USA 10 March 1983

Pioneer Cemetery
66 Marin Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Section 5, Lot 80

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 04:00:46 mapwhe Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Family information and orginal files

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 02:18:17 mapwhe Changes to aircraft associations
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Info updated

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 19:40:04 mapwhe Changes to biography, events and person associations
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Family held records/pictures and supporting documents

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 18:43:37 mapwhe Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, awards, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Family held documents, flight journal

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8073 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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