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Harold Laverne Pope

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Harold Pope was Engineer/Gunner in the 100th Bomb Group / 349th Bomb Squadron. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain control and landed at the RAF base at Tangmere, Kent. Four men were made prisoner. Radio Operator Conner Brewster was killed when his parachute didn't open. Harold Pope and two other crew members managed to evade with the help of the Belgian Comète evasion network. MACR 15553. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 280. See his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fpopehl.html

Service

People

  • Conner Brewster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator Conner Brewster was killed by Flak inside B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II' on the Gelsenkirchen mission, November 5, 1943. Pilot William Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. Brewster's parachute failed to...

  • Francis Dolsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Francis Dolsen was Assistant Radio Operator on his 14th mission. On that mission, November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped,...

  • William Flesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • George Gineikis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Omar Gonzales

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • John Gossage

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 September 1943 on a practice flight in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. 5 Killed In Action; 5 rescued, Gossage among them - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 778. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B...

  • James Lux

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • Leon MacDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • James Marasco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

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Units served with

  • 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

  • 42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 6 September 1914

Gretna, Sarpy County, Nebraska, the son of George C. and Emma Pope

Lived in 1930

Emerson Township, Dixon County, Nebraska

Lived in 1940

Emerson, Thurston County, Nebraska

drafted 16 October 1940

Walthill, Thurston County, Nebraska

Bailed out over Belgium 5 November 1943

from B-17 42-30088, after Pilot William Flesh gave the order. Flesh and his Co-Pilot John Gossage brought the plane back to England. Harold Pope was one of the 3 evaders. Radio Operator Conner Brewster's parachute didn't open and was killed. The 4 others were captured and made Prisoners of War (POW)

evaded capture 5 November 1943 – 20 December 1943

Helped by Belgian citizens and Résistance members after landing in parachute near Reppel, Limburg Province, Belgium. Taken in charge by the Belgian evasion network "Comète", he was led to Brussels, Paris, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and crossed into Spain on 4 December 1943. Arrived in Gibraltar on 17 December, he was flown from there back to England, where he landed on 20 December 1943.

Buried 1992

Harold Pope rests at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota

Died 9 March 1992

Harrold, Hughes County, South Dakota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2019 12:46:25 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 15553
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Cards
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 280
Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fpopehl.html
US Census 1930
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 511-2 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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