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Verdis Barton Pryor

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Verdis Pryor enlisted in January 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Squadron, he was a photographer on board B-17 "Augerhead" of the 358th Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August 1943 mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470 - Verdis' Escape & Evasion Report is E&E 377. Pryor landed in a tree, suspended about 10m from the ground. A Frenchman threw him a knife so he could cut the cords. He learned later that he had parachuted near Beauvais and, helped on his way by French citizens, he walked all the way through Beauvais, Amblainville, Paris, Etampes, Orléans, Vierzon. From there he took a train to Narbonne, another one to Port Bou near Perpignan and reached Cerbère on the Franco-Spanish border on 21 December 1943. He arrived in Spain on the 23rd, went to the US Consulate in Barcelona, stayed about 3 weeks in a hotel in that city while all necessary arrangements could be made for his repatriation to England. He reached Gibraltar on 3 February 1944 and left from there by air, arriving at Prestwick Scotland on 5 February 1944.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Louis Benepe

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)...

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France....

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Evaded capture (EVD)....

  • Frank Kimotek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck....

  • William Maher

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Born in 1915 in New Hampshire, William Maher was working for the Manchester City Street Railway Company as a bus repairer in 1940. He enlisted in April 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot...

  • David Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France....

  • William Monahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Vernon Olson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29635 Augerhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Robbins, TN 25 March 1912

the son of Edward and Nellie Pryor

Lived in Oakland, Alameda County, United States 1940
Enlisted Riverside, California, United States 12 January 1942
Based Molesworth 1943 – 31 August 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded France 31 August 1943 – December 1943

Managed to evade capture, travelling mostly on foot across France. Got over the Franco-Spanish border near Cerbère and reached Spain on 23 December 1943. Back in England 5 February 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 377.

Baled out EVD Dieppe, France 31 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. EVD MACR 470

Died Contra Costa County, California, United States 23 November 1968

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2019 12:40:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29419158
https://www.fold3.com/image/631447136
https://www.fold3.com/record/77616538-verdis-pryor
https://www.fold3.com/record/90742326-verdis-b-pryor

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 11:52:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 470
NARA WWII Enlistment database
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 377

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 470 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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