42-3439

Object Number - UPL 15002 - Original caption : "A bomber crew of the 96th Bomb Group led by Second Lieutenant Charles Geyer, with their B-17 Flying Fortress." Picture taken on 3...

Delivered Denver 21/6/43; Redmond 14/8/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-V] Snetterton 15/8/43; Missing in Action Düren 20/10/43 with
Pilot Charles F. Geyer Jr;
Co-pilot: Robert P. Surdez Jr;
Navigator William J. Doherty;
Bombardier Donald O. Mills;
Radio Operator Aaron M. Becker;
Engineer / Top Turret Gunner Frank J. Killarney;
Right Waist Gunner Charles R. Randel;
Left Waist Gunner Alexander J. Guilianelli;
Ball Turret Gunner Edward L. Lantron;
Tail Gunner James A. Parker.
Aaron Becker, Charles Randel, Alexander Guilianelli, Edward Lantron and James Parker were KIA (Killed in Action).
Pilot Geyer and Co-Pilot Surdez managed to evade for a short while, but were rapidly arrested and made prisoner (POW).
Navigator Doherty and Engineer Killarney were also helped by Dutch underground members, but were arrested on 7 November 1943 and were POWs.
Only Bombardier Donald Mills managed to evade, helped by Dutch, Belgian and French patriots and made it back to England via Gibraltar.
42-3439 was shot down by Oblt Erich Burkert of 9/JG26 in a Bf 109G bomber and crashed on the house of Mr Rijksen, of Soestdijkseweg, in De Bilt, near Utrecht, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1018.
For a comprehensive story of the plane and crew, see http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/5
For Donald Mills' evasion, see http://www.evasioncomete.be/fmillsdo.html

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Units served with

The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12155334
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31016678 and O-736630
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron 563rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14078651 and O-793406
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33273658
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32416220
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Top Turret Gunner

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

De Bilt, Holland, The Netherlands 20 October 1943

Revisions

Date12 May 2021 07:51:06
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Updated address for Mill's evasion website page

Date12 May 2021 07:10:57
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Updated Geyer crew website address

Date23 Apr 2015 13:27:05
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Attempt at adding détails to the crew picture caption

Date22 Apr 2015 15:27:41
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 1018

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:43
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1018 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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