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Jack W Stead


Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Spent 6 weeks with French Resistance. Crossed the Pyrenees into Spain on June 6,1944.



  • William Kalman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 February 1944 in B-17 42-5909. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31477

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; with Frank Umhoefer force landed base 16/12/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 27/4/44 with George Hofsess, n/b-Oscar Lezman,...


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA
Escaped and Evaded France 27 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 22:48:00 Steadrw Changes to biography

Jack Stead’s autobiographical account:

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 22:46:01 Steadrw Changes to biography and events

Jack Stead’s autobiographical account:

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database