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John D Fletcher

Military

Shot down by fighters on the return form a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow'. Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. POW.

POW

Service

People

  • Marvin Garber

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his 10th mission by fighters on the return from a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow'. Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. MACR #2248. KIA. ...

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 707th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7542 Black Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    Black Widow was shot down by an FW-190A piloted by German Ace Waldemar Radener, who had a total of 23 confirmed kills, including 12 heavy bombers. The particular incident is listed among Radener's confirmed claims in a table from German federal...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Port Richy, Florida, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 4 February 1944 – 16 July 1945

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 21:01:28 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added the end date for the POW event per info from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 18:08:04 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to an 8th AF mission.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 18:02:18 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 18:00:15 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2019 20:54:14 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added S/N and prison camp info from records for ww2 POWs at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2248 / MACR 2248, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; The History of the 446th Bomb Group, pg 49-2 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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