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

1921-03-27 New York City, New York, USA
Corona, New York State

Other

Bailed out

1943-11-30 of B-17 #42-3317 over Holland

Other

Evaded capture

1943-11-30 - 1944-04-30 helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Resistance

Other

captured

1944-04-30 in Belgium

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

1944-04-30 Stalag Luft 4

Died

1998-04-04 Stratford, Connecticut, USA

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