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Martin G Bacon Jr


Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24432 'Danellen' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by Major 'Pips' Piller, JG26. Crashed in Bernieres-Tosny, France. First American aircraft to crash in Normandy. Parts of aircraft are on display in Museum de Tlosny, Les Andelys, France. Proprietor of museum, Jean Erisay, returned Martin's lighter to family in May 2001.

Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 41-24432 Danellen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24432 was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Denver Aug 42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; Missing in Action Romilly-sur-Seine 11m 20-Dec-42 (9-man crew) 8KIA 1 POW MACR 5381. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland 16 December 1918
Killed in Action (KIA) Tosny, France 20 December 1942

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed near Tosny, France.

Buried Baltimore National Cemetery, Maryland 1945

Remains repatriated after the war to th United States.


Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 14:58:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations

Associated media from

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 21:51:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2014. Edited KIA and Burial events per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces' Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 5381.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:15:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Associations.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:12:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 5381

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5381, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54,