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John F Carson Jr


Severely damaged by fighters on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 11 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-29863 'Kentucky Babe' crashed near Poix-de-Picardie, FR after being abandoned by the crew. Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29863 "Ain’t it Gruesome", 'KENTUCKY BABE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Gore 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Y] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 43m Frankfurt 11/2/44 with Capt John Carson, Co-pilot: Merlyn Rutherford*, Radio Operator: John Landers*, Ball...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 11 February 1944 – 6 June 1945

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2020 20:56:15 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Updated S/N and POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2020 02:31:13 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, service number and events

Corrected the S/N and his middle initial and Added POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2017 10:56:03 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 2528 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 19:11:38 JPC11FEB1944 Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank and awards

Military and Family Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2528, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces /