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Jay Donald Ossiander

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT)

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Elmo Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Engineer/Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Ancil Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 605BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Clarke

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Walter Dengler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42-107092, Interred (INT).

  • Thomas Higdon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dominick Manolio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Penrose Reagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. While interned in Switzerland, Penrose (Ray) Reagan was selected to star in the movie "The Last Chance" (1945) directed by Leopold Lindtberg. This movie won the...

  • Donald Rouse

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 605BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Angelo Virgona

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 35 missions. Angelo passed away on 28-Nov-19 at the age of 98. He was very proud of his service and went to the Mighty Eighth Museum in GA several times. It wasn't until after he passed and going through his effects that we learned that he...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107092 'Freckles', 'Umbriago'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator:...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Swain, AR 28 June 1923

Son of Adolph and Marjorie Ossiander.

Lived in Klamath Falls, OR 1943
Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 31 July 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Switzerland 31 July 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2022 18:48:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/637838874
https://www.fold3.com/image/175717565

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2021 20:34:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Changed the location of the "Interned (INT)" event to Switzerland per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7825 / MACR 7825, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=336 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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