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John Frank Gentile

Military

John Gentile was Co-Pilot on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen, Zeeland Province, The Netherlands. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Arthur Foreman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Arthur Foreman was Bombardier on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen,...

  • Alfred Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Alfred Larson was Left Waist gunner on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen...

  • George Layman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    George Layman was Right Waist gunner on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of...

  • Lonnie Morris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Lonnie Morris was Top Turret gunner on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen...

  • Robert Neily

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Neily was Nose Turret gunner on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen...

  • John Raiser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    John Raiser was Pilot of B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen, The...

  • Joseph Sills

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Joseph Sills was Radio Operator on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen,...

  • Quinto Vittori

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Quinto Vittori was Tail Gunner on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen,...

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28619 'Begin The Beguine'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Juvincourt. Shot down by a Marine Flak battery from Vlissingen, caught fire and exploded soon after. The main part of the plane crashed in Souburg, other pieces spread over a large...

Missions

  • 435

    23 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States 4 June 1921
Lived in 1942

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Enlisted 9 March 1943

Nashville Air Corps Facilities, Tennessee

captured 23 June 1944

after landing in parachute NE of Vlissingen, Zeeland Province, The Netherlands and sent to the German Marine hospital in Bergen-op-Zoom

Prisoner of War (POW) 23 June 1944 – 29 April 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there. Liberated 29 April 1945 at Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 3 July 1945.”

Died January 1975

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 15:02:00 ED-BB Changes to service number
Sources

Added Serial Number at enlistment

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 15:01:14 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6232
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
NARA WWII POW records
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 15:41:00 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added S/N & POW camp info per records for POWs at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2018 17:12:37 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
Sources

Made a connection to the Copilot & the bombadier on the 6/23/44 mission. Data from book "Heros in the Sky" by Ian Darling.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6232 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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