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Mark Jay Counihan

Military

Flew on 'Leading Lady' on many missions. Active during Normandy invasions.

Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew.
Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Preston Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PUC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Elliott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cecil Mahathey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Muehler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Stepanski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator / Mickey Op | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator initially (9 missions), later Mickey operator (22 missions) with Capt Verner Wertsch's crew aboard B-17 42-97668 'Leading Lady'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-107180 Lucky Rebel/Eagle's Wrath

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-K] Rougham 11/4/44 LUCKY REBEL; Salvaged 9AF German 29/12/45. THE EAGLE'S WRATH.

  • 42-31653 Erie Ferry, Kac's Flak Shack, Green Hornets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Helena 4/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; New Castle 17/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-V] Rougham 26/12/43 ERIE FERRY; Missing in Action Bohlen 11/9/44 with Merle Green, Co...

  • 42-97668 Leading Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 1/2/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 385BG [ -U] Gt Ashfield; transferred 333BS/94BG [TS-N] Rougham 7/4/44; transferred 306BG Thurleigh 8/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Iron River, MI 1 December 1917

Son of John H Snr and Delphine [Mayer] Counihan.

Enlisted Santa Ana, CA 12 March 1943
Based Bury St Edmunds 9 April 1944 – 30 April 1944

Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bury St Edmunds 30 April 1944 – 1 September 1944

Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew.

Promotion Rougham, UK 24 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

DFC Award Rougham, UK 9 August 1944

Awarded DFC 9-Aug-44.

Discharged USAAF 19 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 17 June 1991
Buried Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach, CA 21 June 1991

Pacific Crest Cemetery
Redondo Beach,
LA County, CA
Plot 11 418 2B

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2019 10:59:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://journalmah.org/clark1_2.pdf
https://www.fold3.com/image/628302860
https://www.fold3.com/record/75321206-mark-j-counihan
https://www.fold3.com/record/85019686-mark-j-counihan
https://www.fold3.com/image/132502498?rec=132502813
https://www.fold3.com/record/527908669-mark-counihan-1917
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156363417/mark-jay-counihan

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2015 12:05:22 usxpat Changes to service number, highest rank, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
Facebook groups: 94th Bomb Group magazine, and 94th Bomb Group public group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / grandson February 2009

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