42-31214 Return Engagement

Object Number - UPL 37596 - "Return Engagement" shot down March 8, 1944.

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Harvard 16/10/43; Wilmington 19/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/3/44 with Homer Pou, Co-pilot: Bob Laubach, Bombardier: John Mulligan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vernon Kramer, Radio Operator: Stan Jones, Waist gunner: Chester Kmak, Waist gunner: Bill Hoffman,Tail gunner: Lou Sarap (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Errol Lugenbill, Ball turret gunner: Jim Beckerbaled out but never seen again, however remains were found by a farmer on Siedner Moor, near Sulingen 1/5/79 (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, left formation on return flight & crashed Feldmark Maasen, near Borstel, two miles S of Sulingen road, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3085. RETURN ENGAGEMENT.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18127240
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37265708
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12159739
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-747209
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1944-03-08

Revisions

Date30 Mar 2015 19:27:54
ContributorKramedog44
Sources

Grandson of Vernon J. Kramer, Andrew J. Kramer

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:37
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3085 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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