Gaston Meredith Fox

Military
media-41679.jpeg UPL 41679 1st Lt Gaston M. Fox 401BG.

From 401st Bomb Group unit history

Object Number - UPL 41679 - 1st Lt Gaston M. Fox 401BG.

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW).



"It was acting like a yoyo" said Lt. Fox, pilot on a particularly breathtaking moment in landing his Fort safely after the rudders, elevators and tail had been ruined by flak. He landed his plane on the automatic flight control device.



Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39193489
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38294097
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34425600
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33394658
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12098933 / O-685332
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fools Luck III
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron

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

Clifton Forge, Virginia 7 February 1921 Son of Annie R Fox.

Enlisted

30 September 1939

Other

Prisoner of war (POW)

Barth, Germany 10 April 1944 Prisoner of war (POW). Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

Other

Baled out POW

3 miles W of Calais 10 April 1944 Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Other

Discharged USAF

28 September 1956 Honourable discharge.

Died

21 May 1981

Buried/ Commemorated

Crown Hill Cemetery Albany, GA 24 May 1981 Crown Hill Cemetery Albany, Dougherty County, GA

Based

Deenethorpe 10 April 1944 Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

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Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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

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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3939;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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