Francis George Dolsen

Military
media-38081.png UPL 38081 Extract from the first and only page of MACR 15553 linked to 42-30088 on the 5 November 1943 mission to Gelsenkirchen. Pilot Flesh gave the order to bail out. 8 men did so. Radio Operator Connor Brewster's parachute didn't open and he was killed. 4 others were immediately captured. 3 managed to evade with the help of the Belgian Comète evasion network.

NARA WWII Missing Air Crew Reports

Object Number - UPL 38081 - Extract from the first and only page of MACR 15553 linked to 42-30088 on the 5 November 1943 mission to Gelsenkirchen. Pilot Flesh gave the order to...

Francis Dolsen was Assistant Radio Operator on his 14th mission. On that mission, November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain control and landed at the RAF base at Tangmere, Kent. Francis Dolsen was one of the four men made prisoner. Radio Operator Conner Brewster was killed when his parachute didn't open. Three other crew members managed to evade with the help of the Belgian Comète evasion network. MACR 15553.

Awards : Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster/ WWII POW Medal.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34201968
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17033849 at enlistment, then O-xxxxxx
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11045517
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18024533 at enlistment, then O-725967
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11063596 at enlistment, then O-798486
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot / Pilot

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30088) nicknamed "Squawkin' Hawk I" of the 100th Bomb Group, signed by personnel. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Thorpe Abbott. Home 17/5/44. 100th Bomb Group.' Printed caption on reverse: '53312AC - Proud Veteran Goes Home ... With hundreds of autographs on its sleek hull, the war-weary veteran Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Squawkin' Hawk I" is shown shortly before it took off from its 8th AAF bases in England to return to the U.S. for retirement. Covering 47,720
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Squawkin Hawk II

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Event Location Date Description

Born

Pontiac, Michigan 13 February 1921

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captured

5 November 1943 in the vicinity of Peer, Limburg Province, Belgium, after bailing out of B-17 42-30088

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

5 November 1943 Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to another (unidentified) camp. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military Control 10 August 1945."

Died

4 September 2016 Novi, Michigan

Buried

Francis Dolsen rests at the Wixom Cemetery, Wixom, Oakland County, Michigan

Revisions

Date2 Mar 2020 01:18:16
Contributorjmoore43
ChangesChanges to biography and events
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date23 Apr 2019 08:29:56
ContributorED-BB
ChangesChanges to middlename, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
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MACR 15553
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
VA Gravesite Locator

Date5 Sep 2016 14:31:24
Contributorusxpat
ChangesChanges to nickname, awards and events
Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:46
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 511-2

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