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Guy Frederick Byam (Corstiaens)

Military

Guy Byam Corstiaens (later known as just Guy Byam) had joined the Royal Navy and was among the 68 survivors of the 254 men on board HMS "Jervis Bay" which was sunk on 5 November 1940 in the North Atlantic. Byam had swum through oily waters before being rescued, and that cost him the sight in his right eye. He was thus relieved from duty and started working for an engineering company before joining the BBC French Service in November 1942 as a sub-editor. In April 1944, he started working for the BBC's War Reporting Unit and jumped with the airborne troops on D-Day (6 June 1944) and in Operation Market-Garden in Holland in September 1944. On 3 February 1945, wanting to do a story on the 8th Air Force bombing operations over Germany, he boarded B-17 42-102547 at Thurleigh as a passenger, together with the 9-man crew of Pilot Vernor F. Daley Jr. Hit by Flak and having left the formation, the plane was last heard about as it was heading for the English coast with one engine shot and another leaking oil. The Fortress and all on board were never found and were considered as Missing In Action.

Service

People

  • Paul Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Navigator B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Joseph Carbine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Co-Pilot B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted...

  • Okey Coplin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Robert Crede

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Bombardier B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Vernor Daley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Pilot B-17 #42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted...

  • Silvio DeZolt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Reisel Horn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Porfirio Marquez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Mack crew. Reported to the ETO on 19 Nov 1943. ...

  • George Petrillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

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Aircraft

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 28 July 1918

in Emberton, Newport Pagnell District, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, the son of Begian Army officer Gustave Charles M. Corstiaens and Dorothy Byam Grounds (Birth registration under the name of Frederick Guy Byam Corstiaens)

Missing In Action (MIA) > Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 3 February 1945

went missing when B-17 42-102547 was lost in the North Sea en route back to England on return from the Berlin mission

Memorialized at the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, United Kingdom

Memorial reference: Panel 292

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2019 10:58:07 ED-BB Changes to surname
Sources

As he was known as Guy Byam, changed the presentation of his page

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2019 10:56:01 ED-BB Changes to surname, middlename, nationality, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 12283 (has him wrongly as Byan...)
UK National Archives > http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/record?catid=-3311434&c...
Commonwealth War Graves Commission > https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1532333/byam,-guy/
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve : http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RNVR_officersB3.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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