Francis Page Nelson

Military

Object Number - UPL 7582 - 41-24529 BK-E, UNNAMED. During an engine check mission on 9 October 1943, the ship overshot the runway and ran into a ditch. The undercarriage...

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions.

Accident on 9-Oct-43 on slow-timing flight of B-17 41-24529. RTD.

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39096585
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-799712
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14104331
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-683176
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37375902
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: We dood it
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 384th Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron 545th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
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

Crozet, Virginia 1921-02-04 Son of Francis Page Sr and Ruth Lee [Wayland] Nelson.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 1944-01-30 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Based

Grafton Underwood 1944-01-30 Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Waynesboro, VA 2013-03-15

Buried

Miller School Cemetery Albemarle County, VA 2013-03-18 Miller School Cemetery Albemarle County, Virginia

Enlisted

Richmond, VA 1942-04-01 Richmond, Virginia

Other

Baled out POW

1944-01-01 Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263

Revisions

Date16 May 2021 10:53:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date16 May 2021 00:09:34
Contributorjmoore43
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date3 Nov 2017 15:16:00
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Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2895;
- MACR 2263 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date3 Nov 2017 15:15:02
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Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2895;
- MACR 2263 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date8 Jan 2017 18:55:22
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entry.

Date26 Jan 2015 22:53:37
Contributorbombercommand
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384thbombgroup.com

Date25 Nov 2014 10:27:56
ContributorEmily
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Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:50
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2263, 8th AF Losses, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 321, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=…

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