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Grover R Groff

Military

Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4230081 'USS Aliquippa. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. . Earlier on May 7, 1943, took off from Goose Bay in ac YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel. Pilot made a crash landing at Brenish on the Isle of Lewis. All 6 crew were able to return to duty.

POW

Service

People

  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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

  • 42-30081

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; New Castle 29/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-O] Alconbury 23/5/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Gene Wiley, Co-pilot: Emitte Wells, Navigator: Bob Broach, Bombardier: Jay Overman, Flight...

  • 42-5732

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 29/10/42; Biggs 15/3/43; Orlando 29/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43 Assigned Keck Prov BG; Assigned 327BS/92BG Alconbury, t/o Goose Bay for Meeks Fd, where pilot found poor weather and decided to press on for UK, and low on gas, crash...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Missouri
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 655 / MACR 655, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116, 228 , NARA web site. / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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