Joel George Gochenour

Military

Assigned to 825BS, 484BG, 15AF USAAF. Pat Truesdell crew. On mission to Linz, Austria in B-24 42-52653 'Sleepless Knights', 25-Apr-45; hit by flak, crash landed behind Russian lines. RTD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-78289) nicknamed "Flak Strainer" of the 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. Image via P Gandillet. Handwritten caption on reverse: '42078289 B024L 824 BS- 84 BG 15th AF "Flak Strainer" Dijon-Longvic Oct 1944.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 484th Bomb Group 825th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-807648
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Sleepless Knights
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 836th Bomb Squadron 484th Bomb Group 825th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Cerignola #3

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Birmingham, AL 2 March 1925 Son of Ernest F and Alice W. [Cunningham] Gochenour.

Enlisted

18 June 1943

Other

Commissioned

28 October 1944 Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Other

Discharged USAAF

5 November 1945 Honourable discharge.

Died

Chico, CA 26 August 2009

Based

Torretta Assigned to 825BS, 484BG, 15AF USAAF.