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Paul William Appleby

Military

Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76. ' Initially evaded, was later captured. See the page with full details about his evasion and capture at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fapplebpw.html

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People

  • Robert Gilchrist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76'. Evaded with the help of Dutch, Belgian and French people. See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fgilchrrc.html .

  • Elmer Gilcrease

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76. ' Evaded. See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fgilcreec.html

  • Max Gottlieb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 + combat missions. Flew with Thomas Batcha, Richard Robinson, Edward Komurka crews. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen in B-17 42-3317 'The Spirit of '76' 30-Nov-43; hit by Flak in starboard wing, baled out. Evaded...

  • Paul Gregory

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Paul Gregory was a graduate of St Aloysius Academy and Niagara University in New York. After graduation he worked for the Bethlehem Steel Company in Baltimore, Maryland, before he enlisted in July 1941. He trained in the US Army Air Forces as a...

  • Charles Higgins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3317 'The Spirit of '76', Evaded (EVD). See the page with full details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fhiggincj.html

  • William Lohmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    After 2 years of college in Ohio, William Lohrmann enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942. After following aerial navigation training, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 95th Bomb Group/412th Bomb Squadron. ...

  • Francis McDermott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in 'The Spirit of '76'. Initially evaded with the help of Dutch and Belgian people. Captured in a false evasion line, Antwerp 30 April 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). See the page with full details about his evasion and capture...

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3317 "The Spirit of '76"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6 May 1943; Dow Field 30 May 1943; assigned 384th BG Grafton Underwood 10 June 1943; transferred to 412th BS/95th BG [QW-Y/V] Horham 28 June 1943; 23missions. Missing in Action Solingen 30 November 1943 with Pilot Arthur C. Hensler Jr;...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 February 1921

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lived in 1940

Philidalphia, Pennsylvannia

Bailed out 30 November 1943

of B-17 #423317 over Holland

Evaded capture 30 November 1943 – 23 March 1944

Helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and the Belgian Comète evasion network, he was arrested in Brussels on 23 March 1944

Prisoner of War (POW) 23 March 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 4

Died 13 March 1976

Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 10:30:12 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography and events
Sources

Added address for his page at website www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1559 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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