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Bruce Eldon Alshouse

Military

Completed 25 missions from 23 September 1943 - 6 March 1944. Shot down 24 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted and attacked by enemy fighters, the Fortress was riddled and number 3 engine set on fire. Five men died and Bruce Alshouse was among the five others who were picked up by Royal Navy motor torpedo boats and returned to base. MACR 778. After re-enlisting in November 1945, Alshouse served also in Korea. Awarded the DFC/ Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Service

People

  • James Dalton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    James Dalton was Navigator on board B-17 #42-30259 on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. James was picked up by a Royal Navy torpedo motor boat, but...

  • Francis De Cooman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Francis De Cooman was Ball Turret Gunner on board B-17 #42-30259 on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. He was among the 5 men killed, 5 others were...

  • Theodore Don

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Theodore Don was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. 5 men died. Theodore was among the 5 who were...

  • Arthur Gibbons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Michael Gillen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Michael Gillen was Radio Operator on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. 5 men died. Michael was among the 5 men...

  • John Gossage

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 September 1943 on a practice flight in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. 5 Killed In Action; 5 rescued, Gossage among them - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 778. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B...

  • William Grier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    William Grier was Co-Pilot on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. William was among the 5 men killed, 5 were...

  • William Humphrey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    William Humphrey was Top Turret Gunner on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. 5 men died. William was among the 5...

  • Clyde Lovell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Clyde Lovell was Left Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II' on a 24 September 1943 practice flight to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down. Ditched North Sea. Clyde was among the 5 men killed, 5...

  • Ralph Schulte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Ralph Schulte enlisted in September 1942 and began an intensive course of study in aviation mechanics at the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, Amarillo Army Air Field, Texas. He got his wings at Fort Myers, Florida in 1943 and was sent...

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30259 DAMIFINO II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 7/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-N] Thorpe Abbotts 10/6/43. Was flying on a practice flight 24 September 1943 to test PFF equipment and technique. Intercepted and shot down by enemy...

  • 42-5861 'LADEN MAIDEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-J] Thorper Abbotts 8/6/43 STUD DUCK; renamed before crash landed base with Owen Roane (10 Returned to Duty) u/c collapsed 2/8/43;...

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 70

    24 September 1943
    The German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France is the target fro a combined force of 72 B-26s freom 323BG (36) and 322BG (36). 66 aircraft are effective on the target. There are no losses, but 14 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners claim 1-0-0 of...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 8 December 1923

Forest Lake, Washington County, Minnesota, the son of Frank E. and Ruth (Mayhall) Alshouse

Enlisted 14 May 1942

Fort Snelling, Minnesota

Rescued in the North Sea 24 September 1943

by a Royal Navy torpedo boat after ditching of B-17 42-30259
and returned to duty

Lived in November 1945

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Honorably discharged 13 November 1945
Re-enlisted 14 November 1945

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Buried 2015

Bruce Alshouse rests at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri

Died 29 September 2015

Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 19:29:42 lowbuckbob Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

TJDon archives

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2019 03:24:02 lowbuckbob Changes to nickname
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TJDon archives

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 11:57:37 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Changed some terms in the Biography.

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 10:09:52 ED-BB Changes to middlename
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Put middle name in small letters

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 10:09:18 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 778
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Cards
US Census 1930
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; MACR 778

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