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Lewis Wayne Straw


Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52610 'The Madam', Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag XVIIB.

POW, Bronze Battle Star, Purple Heart, member of Caterpillar Club



  • Kenneth Kessenger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 42-52610 'The Madam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52610 The Madame

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick. 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3847 Notes: 52610 (466th BG) lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3847

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 11 June 1924
Shot Down/Captured Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944
Died Johnstown, PA, USA 9 July 1985
Buried 12 July 1985

Lloyd Cemetery
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: 5-7

POW Gneixendorf, 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria

Stalag Luft 17B


Date Contributor Update
19 June 2021 21:36:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2018 17:52:24 Mydad Changes to middlename, nickname and awards

Service record, debrief report, oral history

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2016 02:59:54 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3847, relative