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Jarvis Allen

Military

Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD). Escaped from enemy occupied territory via Belgium and France with the help of Belgian and French citizens through the Comet Line. Crossed paths with AAF ball turret gunner, Robert W Metlen. Reached Spain and Gibraltar from where he flew back to England on 18 December 1943. See Jarvis Allen's page with the full story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fallenja.html

Service

People

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 #42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North Sea...

  • Carlyle Darling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan'. Initially evaded. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Albert DiMinno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fdiminnat.html

  • Jack Hargis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Leland Judy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fjudylg.html

  • Robert Metlen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30372 'Shack Rabbit III', a B-17 borrowed from the 413th BS. The underground passed him from Belgium through France to Spain. He was back in England by 18 December 1943. Helped by the Belgian evasion network ...

  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fsmithcn.html

  • Gerald Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Gerald Tucker (whose first name is often misspelled Gerold) was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-3119 when it was shot down on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. The plane ditched in the North Sea and all ten crew were saved and returned to base. ...

  • William Turcotte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, South Compound. Forced march and traveled in train box cars to Stalag VIIA,...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-2990 Dame Satan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Bassingbourn 10/1/43; Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Jack A. Hargis; Ball turret gunner: Starr A. Tucker (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carlyle H. Darling; Bombardier: Edward...

  • 42-3119 Destiny's Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Presque 28/4/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 4/6/43; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 5th mission - Hamburg 26/7/43 with some members of Lt Jack A. Hargis' new crew. Hargis' crew was split up to fly their...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 28 February 1915

Floyd, Kentucky, United States

Lived in 1940

Pyramid, Kentucky, USA

Bailed out 17 August 1943

of B-17 Serial 42-2990

Evaded capture (EVD) 17 August 1943 – 15 December 1943
Died 26 February 1990

Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky

Buried

Jarvis Allen rests at the Allen Family Cemetery # 1 in Pyramid, Floyd County, Kentucky family cemetery in

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2022 13:19:13 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Added link to his page at www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2021 20:35:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 21:17:20 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:42:14 ruthmcdUS Changes to biography
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family of Robert W Metlen.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2019 21:41:04 ruthmcdUS Changes to events and media associations
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from family records of Robert Metlen.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 277 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 277, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Biship & Hey p. 192

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