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Jess Joe Gomez

Military

Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Clarence Daw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Clarence Daw was one of five Daw brothers from Pensacola, Florida to enlist during WWII. He flew with Jesse L. McMains' crew on missions from England. Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near...

  • Robert Dean

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harvey Hoffstot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Glenn Hunter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Casimir Kolezynski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Lash

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Conrad Lunz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jessie McMains

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52306

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 #42-52306 was hit by Flak over Berlin on the 6 March 1944 to that objective. Attacked by fighters, it was shot down and crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Pilot Jesse L. McMains (KIA), Co-Pilot Casimir J. Kolezynski (wounded in action...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, United States 22 February 1923
Lived in 1943

San Francisco, California

Enlisted 21 April 1943

Denver, Colorado

Prisoner Of War (POW) 6 March 1944

after bailing out of B-24H #42-52306

Died 22 April 2013
Buried

Jee Gomez rests at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 13:21:45 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3349
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3349 / MACR 3349, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 276 of the book LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE by Mackay, Bailey & Scorza, D790G458 &

href="http://www.458bg.com/crew29mcmains.htm">http://www.458bg.com/crew29mcmains.htm> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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