Roy Byron Bass

Military

Top Turret Gunner Roy Bass was an original member of the Robert E. Fischer crew. As he had not filled his quota of 25 missions like the others, he stayed behind and flew with Pilot Sidney Balman on 42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama' for his 24th mission, the one to Brunswick on 10 February 1944. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).
After his return to the States, he enjoyed a 60-day leave and was honorably discharged in November 1945. Being in the Air Force Reserve, he served in Korea and retired from the service on 31 January 1974.
Video of Roy B. Bass interview for the Library of Congress at
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.02087/mv00…

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17062745 at enlistment, then O-667025
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16059593 at enlistment
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14134358
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pistol Packin Mama
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Worry Wart with the 96th BG / Devil's Daughter with the 95th BG
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron 339th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Newton, Massachusetts, United States 1921-07-15

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Moosburg an der Isar, Germany 1944-02-10 - 1945-04-30 Captured by farmers near Bad Bentheim, Germany, on the day of the crash. Interned at Stalag 7A Moosburg until liberation by US troops of Gen. Patton's 3rd Army on 30 April 1945

Enlisted

Syracuse, New York State, United States 1942-08-04
Clayton, New York State, United States

Died

Tucson, Arizona, United States 2002-12-29

Buried

East Lawn Palms Cemetery and Mortuary, Tucson, Arizona, United States

Revisions

Date6 Aug 2015 15:44:42
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA's WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 2542
Video of Roy B. Bass interview for the Library of Congress at
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.02087/mv00…

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:33
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2542 / MACR 2542, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database