Paul M Gidel

Military

Object Number - UPL 30892 - Staff Sergeant Paul M Gidel, Left Waist Gunner, 492nd Bomb Group.

Paul flew on 13 combat missions before being shot down on 6/18/44 landing in Sweden in B-24 #44-40159 'Battling Boops', Interned (INT). Whilst in internment they were one day flown out by a B-24 which had brought a load of ball bearings to Stockholm - a cargo which was passed on to the Germans- who in exchange allowed a plane load of internees to fly out. In any event he got back to the USA, was discharged in November 1945 and then called back during Korean War. He afterwards returned to farming.

Air Medal with 2 clusters

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 858th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Summerville, Massachusetts, USA

Other

Interned

Sweden 1944-05-18
Lake City, IA 51449, USA

Revisions

Date13 Jun 2022 09:55:10
ContributorWhite-Knight
Sources

MACR 6767

Date6 Mar 2022 10:46:11
ContributorHelen
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Iowans of the Mighty 8th

Date16 Apr 2020 03:47:10
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:21:16
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6767 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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