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Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR 15218. 6KIA 2POW 1EVD

P 1Lt Francis H. Chorak (KIA); CP 2Lt Joseph J. Fracchia (POW)
N 2Lt Grady W. Roper (EVD); B 2Lt Charles G. Kolodzinski (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Paul R. Gordon (KIA); RO SSgt John J. Dolan (KIA)
BTG MSgt James E. Lane (KIA); WG SSgt Donald E. Buckland (KIA)
TG SSgt Malcolm Culpepper (KIA)

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19053673
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-442749
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34241096
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31035541
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-789389
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Places

Missions

  • Date: 9 October 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s join air assault in first US mission in which more than 100 bmrs are dispatched from UK. The principal tgts are the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d’Hellemmes...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

English Channel 1942-10-09

Revisions

Date20 Feb 2016 21:34:49
ContributorCeesSteijger
Sources

JG26 War Diary. Monument Coordinates : 50°30'52"N 3°18'13"E. 50.51436 3.30372. 50°30.862 N 3°18.223 E

Date12 Nov 2014 19:08:50
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Format description.

Date23 Oct 2014 18:30:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Description edited from Missing Air Crew Report 15218

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15218 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database