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Orval Roscoe Reeder

Military

Shot down at Madgeburg on 9/11/44 in B-24 #42-95258, Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

1942 USAAF Serial Numbers
2-95023/95288
Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator - c/n 1788/2053
Pilot: First Lieutenant or Lt. Jr. Grade ROY J. FULCO
95258 (93rd BG, 329th BS) lost Sep 11, 1944. MACR 8838

Service

Units served with

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 545

    12 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lorraine, Illinois 15 March 1924
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 16 April 1943

Term of enlistment - Value 5
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.

Enlisted Mission 623 Hanover, Germany 11 September 1944

HANNOVER (Opportunistic)
Description
ENGINE FACTORY

Aircraft type
Not yet known

Notes
2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 92nd BG, 93rd BG, 385th BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 446th Bomb Group stands down.

Prisoner of War (POW) Magdeburg, Germany 11 September 1944

Stalag Luft IV - Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16. **According to his pilot, Roy J. Fulco, "...Roy entered service in February of 1943, reporting for pre-flight training at Randolph Field in San Antonio. He took primary and basic flight schools in El Reno, Oklahoma, and Winfield, Kansas, and twin-engine training at Pampa, Texas. After earning his commission on December 5, 1943, Roy received orders for B-24 school in Liberal, Kansas, with additional training in Colorado Springs and Lincoln, Nebraska. From there he flew overseas in late July of 1944. Roy served briefly with the 312th Bombardment Squadron, and then was switched to the 329th at Hardwick, England. Roy was flying his ninth mission when flak hit his plane. He bailed out over Magdeburg, Germany. "Black smoke was just everywhere outside, and then you could tell it was close when you could see red, the fire on the inside," he recalls of flak. Roy says he's unsure "whether I panicked or whether I made a decision." The crew bailed out. All were captured. Placed in solitary confinement for "two or three days," he was then moved to an interrogation center at Wetzlar and then to Stalag Luft One at Barth, Germany. "You were hungry and dirty most of the time," he recalls of his time as a prisoner. He describes food given them as scraps. "If it hadn't been for the Red Cross, I don't think I would have made it," he says. "We would get one parcel a week per man. It was enough food to sustain you for a week," he recalls. Food from his captors consisted of potatoes, turnips, and "dehydrated vegetables that they used for horse feed." Once a month they were given four ounces of "some kind of meat and barley." The prisoners called the heavy bread they were issued, "thunder bread." Roy lost about forty pounds, from 158 to 117. Some prisoners kept hidden parts for a radio. They would put them together, pick up the BBC, and learn the latest news. They then dismantled the radio and spread the news on small handwritten notes. Roy states that guards were strict, but he never saw them beat a prisoner. The men traded cigarettes with guards, mainly for food. They knew the Russians were advancing west towards Berlin. Two days after the guard fled, around May 1, 1945, the Russians arrived with food. On May 13 B-17s took the men to Camp Lucky Strike in France. He recalls going to Paris, checking into a hotel, and flushing the toilet "just to hear it rattle." He sailed home, arriving near his birthday...."

Prisoner of War (POW) Magdeburg, Germany 11 September 1944

Orval was shot down on 09/11/1944 over Germany. It is unknown at this time how long he was a prisoner of war, however, the family story goes that for almost 2 years his parent did not know if he was alive or dead. Then one day when his mother was in the kitchen cooking dinner, her son, Orval, walked through the door. The letter from the war department informing his parents that he had been found in a POW camp and was on his way home arrived approximately 1 week later.

Died Peoria, IL, USA 26 December 1969

Orval died at the young age of 45 years old on December 26, 1969 from a massive heart attack. By his side was his beloved son, Mark. Orval left behind a wife, one son, and six daughters. Just a few short months later his son, Mark, was drafted into the Army and continued to carry his fathers torch by proudly protecting and defending our country.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2021 16:55:50 OReedergranddaughter Changes to events
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Roy Fulco obit

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2021 16:08:38 OReedergranddaughter Changes to events
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Mission 623

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 14:51:30 OReedergranddaughter Changes to unit associations
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Per official records

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 14:49:53 OReedergranddaughter Changes to nickname
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Snapper as nickname per his son, Mark Orval Reeder on May 31, 2020

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 01:28:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Changed the label for the MIA event to POW.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 22:14:16 OReedergranddaughter Changes to mission associations
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Official NARA mission records

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 22:12:31 OReedergranddaughter Changes to awards
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Susie Reeder - Daughter of Orval - found on his original Discharge papers

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 21:32:46 OReedergranddaughter Changes to biography
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USAAF report

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 21:29:58 OReedergranddaughter Changes to events
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Reeder Family history

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 23:18:53 OReedergranddaughter Changes to events
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Reeder family history

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 20:24:38 OReedergranddaughter Changes to mission associations
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American air museum

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 20:21:31 OReedergranddaughter Changes to unit associations
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The mightyeighth.org
http://www.mightyeighth.org/Library/PDFs/8thAFBomb%20&FighterGroups.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:58:21 OReedergranddaughter Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

1942 USAAF Serial Numbers
The US National Archives & Records Administration
Reeder personal family history - per Amber Breitzman (granddaughter of O. R. Reeder)

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 13:51:57 OReedergranddaughter Changes to service number and events
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The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

Personal Reeder Family History Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8838 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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