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Jack W Porter

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  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Edwin Pixley

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Edwin transferred from Crew #17 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who while on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Jack Porter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group

  • Jack Porter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    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. ...

  • Jack Porter

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 14:59:02 dwk1927 Changes to person associations and unit associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2021 20:55:27 dwk1927 Changes to unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Billy J Espich WWII Collection

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / SO#150, 6th Heavy Bomb.Proc HQ, Herington, Kansas 5 Nov 43

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