Francis Joseph McDermott

Military

Shot down 30 November 1943 in 'The Spirit of '76'. Initially evaded with the help of Dutch and Belgian people. Captured in a false evasion line, Antwerp 30 April 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). See the page with full details about his evasion and capture at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fmcdermfj.html

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13028966
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-743442
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18116004
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16101191
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-735954
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Spirit of 76
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

27 March 1921 New York City, New York, USA

Other

Bailed out

30 November 1943 of B-17 #42-3317 over Holland

Other

Evaded capture

30 November 1943 - 30 April 1944 helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Resistance

Other

captured

30 April 1944 in Belgium

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

30 April 1944 Stalag Luft 4

Died

4 April 1998 Stratford, Connecticut, USA
Corona, New York State

Revisions

Date13 Apr 2022 12:33:36
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Added address for his page at website www.evasioncomete.be

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:48
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1559