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Harry Collier McIntosh

Military

A graduate of Suffern High School, Harry McIntosh enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941. After receiving his Pilot wings, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. His son reports that he had been a pilot of another B-17 which got severely damaged in a previous bombing raid so it was un-operable. [NOTE : In a March 2001 telephone conversation with Harry McIntosh, Ruth Godwin, daughter of RWG Carl Ward, learned that McIntosh had flown on 17 previous missions on board a B-17 nicknamed “Lord Cesspool”. He said the name of that Fortress was changed later by the USAAF after remarks from the British who didn’t like it. In fact, according to July 1943 press articles, it was under pressure from visiting American dignitaries who had seen the plane near the entrance to a bomber base they were visiting and had raised their eyebrows… – Another article from the same period mentions McIntosh was in the “tail gunner” position (?) on board B-17 “Flagship” (# 42-29996 – 92/407 PY-R) on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany and that is the previous one he was on and mentioned above. They were on their way back from the target when, in the first of between 30 and 40 head-on attacks by German fighters, a 20 millimeter shell crashed through the nose knocking out the navigator, Lt. Lohnas H. Knapp and the pilot Captain Donald G. Parker, ruining the oxygen system on one side of the ship and starting a fire of oxygen and hydraulic fluid in the cockpit. Flying as Co-Pilot, Colonel William E. Buck Jr took over control of the plane, pulled Parker out of the fire and ultimately brought the stricken Fortress back to base, a feat that earned Buck the Distinguished Flying Cross. ] Harry McIntosh volunteered to go as a co-pilot on B-17 # 42-30726 with another crew than his own on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. This plane was also shot up and on fire pilot Webb and co-pilot McIntosh waited until the rest of the crew bailed out. By then the fire was big and when Harry McIntosh was in the cockpit preparing to bail out, the plane exploded at about 28,000ft. He was blown out of the Fortress and his hip was injured. He did not open his parachute being afraid that burning debris would fall on him and burn the chute. He waited and, miscalculating, opened his chute at the last moment, at just about 500 feet from the ground. He had a very hard landing and described it to his son as 'kissing my foot'; his legs were broken and almost touching his face. He had landed in a farm field and local Germans came out with pitch forks wanting to kill him. He spoke a bit of German (being Scottish-German) and stalled them until the German Army picked him up and brought him to the hospital. He was patched up medically and went to a Prisoner of War (POW) camp until the end of the war. Note : his page at NARA’s WWII POW database has him at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan, Poland, from where he was “transferred to another camp”. Due to the rapid advance of Soviet troops, Stalag Luft 3 was evacuated at the end of January 1945 and the American prisoners there were force-marched South to Germany. The great majority ended up at Stalag 7A in Moosburg where they were liberated on 27 April 1945 by troops under Gen. Patton. His wife Jane was notified by the Red Cross 3 months after the crash that he was alive. Harry McIntosh ended his 30-year military career as a Lt Colonel in the Air Force. He had hip problems for the rest of his life and he died at the age of 89.

Service

People

  • James Blackburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    James Blackburn was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron Participating in many operations, he was shot down on the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart, Germany in B-17 42-3428 (camera ship) with Pilot Lt Robert W. Carlson. The...

  • Edward Bruni

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Edward Bruni graduated from St. Mary of the Mount High School in 1934. He was a winning football coach of the high school from 1937-39, together with Eppie Graner, and coached three champion teams and one co-champion team in the Catholic League. ...

  • William Buck

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander, Deputy Group Commander, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    *Commander 325th bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group * Group Operations, unk - 1 May 1943 *Deputy Commanding Officer - 384th Bomb Group *Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group Headquarters Detachment on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #111 dated 5 October 1943.

  • George Caldon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    George Caldon served as Ball Turret Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. He was on board B-17 # 42-30726, shot down on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded, he was immediately captured and spent a few days in...

  • Joe Castillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner serving as Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Joe Costello attended 4 years of High School in Texas and joined the Air Corps in 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron as an aerial gunner. Serving as Bombardier on the 14 October 1943 Schweinfurt mission...

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...

  • Harold Cooke

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Harold Cooke had finished one year in college when he enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1942. Trained as a radio operator/gunner, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was RO/G on B-17 #42-30726...

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • Albert Drgon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Albert Drgon attended High School for 2 years before starting to work. He was working as a bar tender in his father’s hotel in Pittock,Pennsylvania in 1940. The hotel was the International Hotel. He registered on 16 October 1940 at the local draft...

  • Joseph Flory

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Joseph Flory had finished 3 years of High School in California and was working as an elevator operator in a public building in Oakland, CA in 1940. According to NARA WWII Enlistment records, he re-enlisted in the Air Corps as a Sergeant in July 1943...

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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

  • 42-29996 FLAG SHIP

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was...

  • 42-30726

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19 July 1943; Dalhart 17 August 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X/S] Alconbury 16 September 1943; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14 October 1943; on leaving the target, attacked by enemy Fw110 aircraft. Last sighted at 13:40 in the...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tuxedo, New York State, United States 24 March 1918

the son of John James and Alice Collier McIntosh

Lived in Hillburn, Rockland County, New York, United States 1941
Enlisted New York City, New York, United States 29 August 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 14 October 1943 – May 1945

Immediately captured upon landing in parachute near Kembach, Germany. NARA WWII POW records: "Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland - returned to Military Control 1 June 1945". See Summary biography.

Buried Airmont Lutheran Cemetery, Suffern, New York, United States 2007
Died Suffern, Rockland County, New York, United States 3 January 2007

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2016 15:41:55 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Added details obtained from Right Waist Gunner Carl Ward's daughter
Article about the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany : https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/10750270/
Research on the Donald G. Parker crew

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 09:59:40 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 846
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
NARA WWII POW Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 846, son

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