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John Lenville Wheeler

Military

LWG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oilw works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB.
Reported as escaping the POW march from Vienna during evacuation. Possibly shot by the Germans and KIA.
West Virginia

Service

People

  • Wilbur Alsheimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. New York

  • John Ernharth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. McKeesrock, PA POW

  • Michael Fleming

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIA. New York

  • James Hamer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th Af. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. South Dakota

  • Paul Mattfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. Massachusetts

  • Bernard McNichol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War (POW)at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. Arizona

  • Theodore Moon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Moon crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-5847 'Margie Mae'. Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War (at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. California

  • Stephen Pritz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Moon Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XVIIA. Massachusetts

  • Howard Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Moon Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5847 'Margie Mae". Mission #17 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. MACR 660. Prisoner of War at Stalag VIIA. Illinois

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5847 Margie Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 19/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-T] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Guerdon Humason, Alf Casaly, Leroy Hames, Bill Tsialas, John Ivey, Albt Parker, Joe Kralik, Frank Fabiano, Walt Anderson...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 November 1923
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 05:10:08 ARowe95 Changes to biography, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 20:33:52 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 660 / MACR 660, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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