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Jack Winthrop Porter Sr

Military

Assigned to 712BS, 448thBG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed just outside Ransart, France 1-Apr-44 POW. MACR 3596.

Awards: POW, PH, Air Medal, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Richard Brady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras 1-Apr-44 POW. MACR 3596. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Brady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    On 5 Jan 1944 B-24H #42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed.

  • Simon Cohen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 712BS, 488BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras, France 1-Apr-44 evaded capture EVD. MACR 3596. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    On 5 Jan 1944 B-24H #42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed.

  • Charlie Dugosh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer / Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 712BS, 488BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5-Jan-44 B-24H 42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim in B-24 41-28763,...

  • John Dutka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras, France 1-Apr-44 evaded capture EVD. MACR 3596. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Dyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Kenneth L. Dyer was born August 7, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted in Indianapolis on November 12, 1942. He was a Radio Operator while assigned to "Boomerang" (42-52132) Jan-Feb 1944, "Little Sheppard" (41-28711) Feb-Mar 1944 and ...

  • Billy Espich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th BG, 712th BS ...

  • Jesse Hamby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras, France 1-Apr-44 evaded capture EVD. MACR 3596. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Harmon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt James H Harmon went to England as a member of the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th Bomb Squadron, 712th Bomb Squadron, Crew #17. They flew the Southern Route to England, leaving Harrington Airfield in Kansas on 15-Nov...

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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. ...

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 712th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28763

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. PFF A/C Leading 389BG. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras. 1-Apr-44. 3 x EVD, 8 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 3596.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jackson County, MI 4 August 1918

Son of Francis M and Pearl E Porter.

Lived in Jackson County, MI, USA 1941
Enlisted Detroit, MI 2 June 1942

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Based Seething December 1943 – 1943

Assigned to 712BS, 448thBG 8AF USAAF.

Based Hethel February 1944 – 1 April 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems, Austria 1 April 1944 – 11 May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Crash landed Ransart, France 1 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras 1-Apr-44 POW. MACR 3596.

Died Swartz Creek, Michigan 18 December 2005
Buried Great Lakes National Cemetery Holly, Oakland County, MI 21 December 2005

Great Lakes National Cemetery
Holly, Oakland County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 15:10:24 dwk1927 Changes to person associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 15:05:37 dwk1927 Changes to media associations
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Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 14:51:12 dwk1927 Changes to events and unit associations
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Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 17:57:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36319843/jack-winthrop-porter

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 13:20:17 Emily Changes to events
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Added Hethel event based on information provided by Nelson (son)

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 03:44:04 Nelson Changes to biography
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Discharge paper.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 03:41:43 Nelson Changes to biography and events
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All added or changed data is done referencing my Father's Personal Records and My Own Research and Documents found. I have stood at the location where the plane crashed landed and talked to a family member of the land owner.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 03:19:58 Nelson Changes to unit associations
Sources

My Father's Records and Notes.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 03:15:07 Nelson Changes to place associations
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My Father's Records / Military Records I have.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 03:12:10 Nelson Changes to nickname
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His Son.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 10:41:24 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, biography, events and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/660213120
https://www.fold3.com/record/89519541-jack-w-porter
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36319843/jack-winthrop-porter

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2020 16:00:06 Nelson Changes to unit associations
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My father's records include transfer orders from Hethel 448th BG, 712 BS to Seething 389th BG, 564 BS. Their newly assembled crew , which included my father and two others from the 712 BS, Dugosh and Brady, helped make up the crew of 41-28763 of the 564 BS. Their first flight together was hit by Flak and crashed onto a farm field just outside of Ransart, France.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2020 15:32:13 Nelson Changes to place associations
Sources

Records of Stalag 17B are very well established. My father had a diary and other records, such as Discharge Papers, 17B Reunions, Articles from the MI State Police News, and many others

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2020 15:26:16 Nelson Changes to person associations
Sources

Records of my father and that of MACR3596.

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 16:32:30 Nelson Changes to events
Sources

Personal records of my father, my visits to the crash site and talking to the descendants of land owner, site records and photographs.

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 16:16:49 Nelson Changes to middlename, suffix and awards
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Records of my father and from me, his son.

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 16:13:33 Nelson Changes to place associations
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Father's own records

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 19:39:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28763
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93733723

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3596 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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