Roy Thomas Nalley

Military

Object Number - UPL 30635 - The B-17F JOHNNY REB JR. or II (41-24443) crew on the October 21, 1942 97th BG Mission #16. Back row, from left to right : 1st Lt. Milton Marion...

Note : the 1930 US Census has his family's name wrongly spelled as Nally... This was corrected in the 1940 one > Nalley...

A Top Turret Gunner, Roy Nalley was shot down on 21 October 1942 in B-17 #41-24443, Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14030942
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34199059
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-442752
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12036569
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16061443
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Johnny Reb II, Johnny Reb Jr
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9089) nicknamed "Johnny Reb" of the 92nd Bomb Group, formerly of the 97th Bomb Group takes off. Image stamped on reverse: 'New York Times Photo.' [stamp], 'Air (Boeing) FLY.' [annotation] and '219847.'[Censor no.] A printed caption was previously attached the the reverse however this has been lost. Handwritten caption on reverse: '4/9/42, marsh ground. Johnny Reb.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Johnny Reb
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 17 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 B-17’s of 97th Bomb Group, escorted by Spitfires, launch first Army Air Force Heavy Bomber attack from UK against Western Europe. Target is Rouen-Sotteville Marshalling Yard. Sergeant Kent R West shoots down German fighter, thus becoming the first...
  • Date: 21 August 1942
  • Official Description: At Gen Arnold’s request, Gen Eisenhower gives Gen Spaatz additional duties as Air Officer for ETOUSA and head of the air section of its staff, thus assuring active participation by Eighth AF in theater planning. 12 airplanes are dispatched to bomb...
  • Date: 21 October 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC flies its first mission against submarine bases. 15 B-17’s hit U-boat pens at Lorient—Keroman. 8 HBs strike at Cherbourg/Maupertus A/F. The strike against the sub pens is flown at 17,500-ft level, 5,000 to 10,000 ft lower than usual. 36 FW...

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Beech Grove, McLean County, Kentucky, United States 1920-04-30 the son of John Thomas Nalley and Lilian Clara (Coomes) Nalley
District 5, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States

Enlisted

in the Air Corps

Other

Captured

Quimper, France 1942-10-21 after the ditching of B-17F 41-24443 off the coast of Brittany, France and being rescued by a French fishing boat which brought him and 8 other crew members to shore

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

1942-10-21 held at Stalag XVIIB, Braunau-Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria. NARA WWII POW records : “Returned to Miltary Control (RMC) 12 June 1945.”
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States

Enlisted

Camp Atterbury, Columbus, Indiana, United States 1946-03-25 Re-enlisted in the Air Corps

Died

Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States 2009-07-07

Buried

Resurrection Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States

Revisions

Date23 Nov 2020 21:47:21
ContributorDHD
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identified by family members

Date23 Nov 2020 21:43:54
ContributorDHD
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Roy Nalley was flight engineer on 41-9089 on its first mission 17 August as well as August 21st when he received the DFC.

Date23 Nov 2020 20:26:04
ContributorDHD
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Roy Nalley was awarded the DFC on September 12th 1942 for acts on August 21st 1942. He along with Ewart Sconiers helped pilot Richard Starks to fly their damaged B-17 (41-9089 Johnny Reb) back to England after the co-pilot Donald Walter was killed. Per New York Times August 23rd and September 13th.

Date23 Apr 2020 00:56:50
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Nov 2017 15:34:08
ContributorED-BB
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US Censuses 1930 and 1940
NARA WWII POW Records
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Date3 Nov 2017 16:05:46
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:40
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol 1, pp 38-39 by Bishop and Hey

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