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John W Mitchell

Military

John Mitchell was Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-39840 "The Lopin' Lobo", hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen. The Fortress was flown back to England, but six men had baled out over Belgium (see their pages at www.evasioncomete.be > Fiches). Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Mark Bauer

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Mark Bauer was Ball Turret gunner on B-17 Serial 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Evaded capture for 10 days before he was arrested. See the story of his evasion and capture at https://www...

  • Charles Bryant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Charles Bryant was Navigator on B-17 Serial 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Aircraft flown back to base. Returned to Duty (RTD). Six members of the crew baled out over Belgium. See their individual...

  • Joseph Burns

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Joseph Burns was Engineer on board B-17 #42-39840 on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen and Leverkusen, Germany. Severely damaged by Flak and thinking the plane was lost, Burns and five other crew members bailed out and landed near Alken, Belgium....

  • James Gibson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    James Gibson was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 Serial 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Baled out; aircraft flown back to base. Evaded capture for 10 days before he was arrested. See the story of his...

  • Charles Hess

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 25 bombing mission as a Pilot with the 401st Bomb Group between 26-Nov-43 and 12-Jun-44. He was Pilot of B-17 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1-Dec-943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Six crew members baled out (1 of them managed to...

  • Ruben Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Ruben Miller was Right Waist gunner on B-17 Serial 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Baled out; aircraft flown back to base. Evaded capture for 10 days before he was arrested. See the story of his...

  • Raymond Nield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Raymond Nield was Right Waist gunner on B-17 Serial 42-39840, hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Aircraft returned to base. Baled out and evaded capture. Was back in the UK on 6 February 1944. See the story of...

  • Robert Rowe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Robert Rowe was Bombardier of B-17 #42-39840 "The Lopin' Lobo", hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen. The Fortress was flown back to England, but six men had baled out over Belgium (see their pages at www.evasioncomete.be >...

  • Irving Tatkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Irving Tatkin was Radio Operator on B-17 Serial 42-39840 "The Lopin' Lobo", hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen, Germany. Baled out; aircraft flown back to base. Evaded capture until he was arrested in February 1944. See...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31033 'Pee-Tey-Kun'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/9/43; Scott 11/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; ...

  • 42-39840 The Lopin' Lobo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-A] Deenethoprpe 13/10/43; transferred AFSC 6/6/44 as development and test aircraft and designated XB-17G; Returned to the USA, used by US Navy from 20/11/45; 4148 BU Bedford 30/1/46;...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 11 January 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. NARA POW record : "Returned to Military Control 4 July 1945."

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2021 12:53:00 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Research on the crew of 42-39840 for website www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 20:45:15 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
Sources

Updated the location of the "POW" event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:52:51 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:50:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2507 / MACR 2507, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=432 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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