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Kenneth Melvin Lentz

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Wiesbaden on 9/25/44 in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

Service

People

  • Edward Cheresnik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' #42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Lawrence Ferguson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Carl Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Eugene Hassing

    Military | Major | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Earl McDaniel crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Maxa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414

  • John Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Mayen on 11 Oct 44 in B-17 'Hell On Wheels' 42-97948.

  • Noel Plowman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107057 SPIRIT OF 96

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio...

Missions

  • 644

    21 September 1944

  • 647

    25 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born McComb, Ohio 25 December 1924
Assigned 11 July 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group 546th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #134 dated 11 July 1944, John Wright Peterson Crew, 17 combar missions.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 25 September 1944 – May 1945

POW Camp: Obermassfeld Hospital #1249 (Serves Stalag 9-C) Obermassfeld Thuringia, Germany 50-10

Died Findlay, Ohio 13 December 2019

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 00:47:17 bombercommand Changes to middlename, events and media associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/205476314/kenneth-melvin-lentz

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 01:35:17 bombercommand Changes to mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 00:57:43 bombercommand Changes to biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 00:32:19 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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