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Lester William Gaulin


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852




  • Hubert Campney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    On 14 August 1944 in AC 42-97852, we were ordered to bomb the electrical plant at Mannheim. There was not room for the parachute to be attached to the harness in the ball turret. I had always pushed my chute into an area just large enough to hold the...

  • Charles Keck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Shot down twice. 14 August 1944 at Strausburg. Evaded (EVD), returned through France. 2 October 1944 near Kassel. Evaded (EVD) until 13 October 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). 3 Air Medals

  • Joseph Lojewski

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

  • Ralph Montiel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

  • William Stiles

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 34297852

  • Arthur Varricchio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #42-97852, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97852

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/5/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 14/8/44 with Bill Stiles, Navigator: John Madiera, Bombardier: Chas Keck (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Joe Lojewski,...


  • 552

    14 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Myakin City, Florida, USA
Captured by the Germans France 14 August 1944

Flak damaged controls, 6 men bailed over Strasbourg, but Pilot kept control intent of returning to base but ran out of gas, rest bailed 12 miles SW of Le Mans, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 08425.

SSG Gaulin is one of the 6 men bailed over Strasbourg. He is sent to Luft Stalag IV.


Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 04:45:12 MSG_R_Hall Changes to middlename, service number, person associations and place associations

Missing Air Crew Report 08425

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 04:38:07 MSG_R_Hall Changes to events and mission associations

Source is MACR 08425 and rosters of the German POW camp - Luft Stalag IV.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8425 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database