Fern Lemuel Scott Steepleton

Military

Object Number - UPL 43917 - Fern Steepleton’s Air Medal card on page 734 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/143855292 (NARA)

Fern Steepleton was Co-Pilot on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32209932 at enlistment, then O-713123
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 453rd Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17065041 / O-690930
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06877750
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06295620
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32411289
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 25 December 1944

Places

Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Trinidad, Colorado, United States 1922-04-27

Enlisted

1942-06-18 Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

1944-12-25 Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany, Returned to Military Control 13 July 1945.

Revisions

Date10 Jun 2020 13:52:01
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records

Date10 Jun 2020 12:33:48
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 11681

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:35
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11681

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