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John Franklin Simpson

Military

Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Anthony Carnesi

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Virgil Ethridge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Vladimir Mateyka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Keith Mc Call

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Laverne Pratt

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Eugene Schmitt

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Louis Sobolof (Post-war : Sobol)

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37821 Red Hot Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 4/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; 710BG. Missing in Action Berlin 6 October 1944 with Pilot Vladimir A. Mateyka, Co-Pilot Keith W. Mc Call, Navigator Louis Sobolof, Bombardier Virgil W...

Missions

  • 667

    6 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleburne, Texas, USA 7 November 1925

Sherman, Grayson County, Texas

Lived in 1943

Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas

Enlisted 6 November 1943

Dallas, Terxas

Prisoner of War (POW) 6 October 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 4 - NARA WW II POW record : “Returned to Military Control 8 June 1945.”

Discharged 26 November 1945
Died 17 May 2003
Buried

Hopewell Cemetery, Cleburne, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2020 09:18:46 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 9779
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 15:29:32 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 9779

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 11:53:38 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Corrected date of crash from 10/6/44 to 6 October 1944. See:
MACR 9779
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/MACRmonthly/44OctMACR.htm;
http://accident-report.com/Serials/1943h.htm;
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/dblist.php?AcType=B17&page=12;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9779 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men of the 710th Squadron/ MACR 9779

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