Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Was on his 17th mission. He hit tail assembly of aircraft during bailout breaking arm and leg. Due to nature of injuries, he was repatriated through Swiss Medical Commission and returned to USA on 27 September 1944.
POW, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Units served with
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
B-24D 31-23783 "Betty Anne" 44BG/56BS [WQ:M] was operating as the lead aircraft of the Group on a mission to bomb the port area of Dunkirk, France when it was struck by flak and subsequently ditched into the English Channel. 11 man crew, 7KIA 4POW. No...
15 February 1943
The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||15 February 1943 – 22 September 1944
Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 22-Sep-44. Paroled to Allied control by the Germans because of his wounds.