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Richard A Pechout

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Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion This was Pechout 2nd mission flak & fighters-- frostbite. Hospitalized in England at 2nd Gen Hosp 12/20/43 to 04/09/44. Returned to ZOI 04/22. Requested return to flight status and flew with new crew to 384th. Shot down on 10th mission in AC #4338850. Prisoner of War (POW) to 20 April 1945. Liberated. Hospitalized in Nancy, Fr, returned to States 06/06/45

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People

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron
  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3167 Ye Olde Pub

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 19/4/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 17/6/43; battle damaged over Bremen 20/12/43, with Charlie Brown, Co-pilot: Pinky Luke, Navigator: Al Sadok, Bombardier:...

  • 43-38801

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 21/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 28/10/44; mechanical malfunction with Bob Fisher 1/1/45; Missing in Action Leipzig 6/4/45 with Dave Hastings, Dominic Martino, Thorston Johnson, Steve Gatto, Tom...

  • 43-38850

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/9/44; Bismark 2/10/44; Grenier 12/10/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-D] Grafton Underwood 8/12/44; Missing in Action Sterkrade, Ger 22/1/45 with Earle Van Popering, Gene Dzjowski (2 Killed in Action); Bill Doheny, Russell Schulz, Dick...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Britain, Connecticut 14 September 1924
RE? 1 January 1945
Prisoner of War (POW) 22 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 13:30:10 Lucy May Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

AAIR 45-01-01-524 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7914 /

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11994 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 11994

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