Martin Paul Bachicha

Military

Shot down by flak burst and crashed N of St Pol, FR on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 19 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31926 'Lovell's Hovel'. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

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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: O-802209
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mairsy Doats
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron 546th Bomb Squadron 547th Bomb Squadron
42-31926 lovells hovel
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lovell's Hovel
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Encino, New Mexico 11 November 1921
El Paso, Texas 16 February 1942 3664 Bishop

Enlisted

Lubbock, TX 21 March 1942

Other

POW

Moosberg, Germany 25 March 1944 Stalag 7A (dates are approximate)

Died

El Paso, Texas 28 December 1993

Buried

Fort Bliss National Cemetery 31 December 1993 Fort Bliss National Cemetery El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA Plot Section D, Site 2749

Other

Shot Down/Captured

Wavrans-sur-Ternoise, France 19 March 1944 On 19March1944 (at about 4pm- at 21,000' ) his plane (Lovell's Hovel) was hit by Flak (near the radio room) after bombs were away; the plane began burning and filled with smoke. Thanks to the skilled flying of the Pilot, James Lovell and Co-Pilot, Walter Brookings, two chutes were able to emerge (Kardos & Oldham), with one on fire (Oldham - who was severely burned); 20 seconds later, the plane exploded. Two crew members where blown out of the plane. Lewis & Bachicha, thankfully had their chutes on. ALL 4 crew were later captured by the Germans and were POW's

Revisions

Date4 Dec 2020 03:30:56
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

corrected date

Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:44
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3242 / MACR 3242, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=… / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database