Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded. for 91 days in Holland.
In May 1945 - some six months after he had been shot down and while he was on the run in Holland - he had been awarded the DFC. Interviewed by the 'Decateur Daily' in 1989 he preferred not to talk about his time as an evader, 'two or three people lost their lives taking care of me. It's only by the Grace of God and the good Dutch people that I am alive today'. He was finally given his medal in 1989 at Maxwell AFB and even later - in 1995 - some surviving members of the first Dutch family to shelter him all those years ago paid him a visit.
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 29/6/44.
||Lansing, Michigan, USA
||8 July 1922
||2 July 1942
Enlisted at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
||26 November 1944
||7 December 2006