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Jack Miller Harrington

Military

Most significant experience occurred on 16-Febr-45 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in the North Sea about 10 miles off Holland. The aircraft broke in two just aft of radio room. The 9-man crew survived the ditching and subsequent very cold and wet exposure for over 12 hours until washing ashore at a German coastal installation near Haarlem, Holland. All became Prisoner of War (POW) until liberated by U. S. Forces from Stalag VIIA at Mooseberg, Germany on 29-Apr-45. Plane was B-17 43-38187 'Carrie B'.

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Jeff Donalson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Michael Gagich

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Lee Gibson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Harvey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Jeffers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Adelbert Shereck

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • William Streuter

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Richard Summers

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Most significant experience occurred on 16 February 1945 as consequence of bombing mission of Gelsenkirchen oil refinery. Because of flak damage to aircraft during and following bomb run, we were unable to return to England and were forced to ditch in...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38187 'Carrie B II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/44; Kearney 14/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-C] Deenethorpe 27/8/44. Hit by Flak. Missing in Action on the 16 February 1945 mission to the Minster-Stein coke oven plant, in the Dortmund area. Pilot Jeff N....

Missions

  • 833

    16 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Stalag XIII-D

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Shawnee, OK 12 November 1925

Son of M M Harrington.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 16 February 1944

as a Private in the Air Corps

Based Deenethorpe 1945 – 16 February 1945

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Nuremberg-Langwasser, Germany 16 February 1945 – May 1945

POW
Stalag XIII D Nuremberg-Langwasser - Stalag VII A Moosburg. NARA WWII POW database : "Returned to Military Control 19/10/1945"...

Died Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 9 December 1999
Buried Rose Hill Burial Park Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK 12 December 1999

Rose Hill Burial Park
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2021 16:57:41 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/612836162
https://www.fold3.com/record/54879839/jack-m-harrington-social-security-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/90559149/jack-m-harrington-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73818975/jack-miller-harrington

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 13:03:38 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 09:49:52 ED-BB Changes to middlename
Sources

changed middle name into small letters

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 09:49:11 ED-BB Changes to middlename, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 12246

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12446 / MACR 12446,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1917">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1917> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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