Gilbert Arnold Borba

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 41452 - R-L, Sgt Gilbert Borba, Sgt Donald Rieger and Sgt Peter Martin (Unk mechanic)

Sgt Gilbert A. Borba, only survivor, all other crew were Killed in Action (KIA) 08-08-1944 Shot down by flak and crashed near St Sylvain, France in B-17 "Varga Venus" #4337865

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39122647
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Varga Venus
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yehudi
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 3 June 1944
  • Official Description: In Operation COVER, 338 Heavy Bombers attack coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais area, bombing a total of 22 assigned targets. In second mission of the day 215 Heavy Bombers attack 16 of the targets bombed during the first mission. No Bombers are...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Aromas, California, USA 13 July 1923

Enlisted

San Francisco, California, USA 9 February 1943

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

France 8 August 1944 - 1 June 1945 France RAMP Camp #1, APO 562

Died

Reno, Nevada, USA 4 March 1983

Buried

Watsonville, California, USA 10 March 1983 Pioneer Cemetery 66 Marin Street Watsonville, CA 95076 Section 5, Lot 80

Revisions

Date21 May 2020 04:00:46
Contributormapwhe
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Family information and orginal files

Date21 May 2020 02:18:17
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Info updated

Date29 Jan 2020 19:40:04
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Family held records/pictures and supporting documents

Date29 Jan 2020 18:43:37
Contributormapwhe
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Family held documents, flight journal

Date27 Sep 2014 18:11:25
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8073 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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