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Adrian T Van Bemmel

Military

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Initially evaded, helped by the Belgian COMETE evasion network. Traveled through Belgium and France on his way to Spain. Was arrested in Saint-Jean-de-Luz near the Spanish border on 10 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).
See his page at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fvanbemat.html.

Service

People

  • William Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Charles Bennett

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. - Evaded. See his page at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fbennetca.html.

  • Ford Cowherd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Evaded capture with the help of the Belgian COMETE evasion network. See Ford Cowherd's page athttps://www.evasioncomete.be/fcowherfc.html, with links to other evadees on his crew.

  • Stanley Dahlman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Gaynor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer / Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 278. 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Gaynor were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just...

  • John Greager

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW). 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Greager were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

  • Thomas Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). Thomas Hunt was a replacement crew member for that mission. 2 other crew members were killed; 4 were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade...

  • Maurice Sullivan

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Seriously wounded. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Troy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW).3 crew members were killed; 4, including Troy were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29559 Stupntakit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 13/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 13m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Charles A. Bennett; Co-Pilot Stanley A. Dahlman; Navigator Adrian T. Van...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, United States 5 December 1915
Evaded - Prisoner of War - POW Barth, Germany 10 September 1943 – 14 June 1945

Initially evaded, was arrested on 10 September 1943 near the Spanish border. NARA WWII POW database : "Interned at Stalag Luft 1 - Returned to military control 14/6/45".

Died New Jersey, United States March 1971
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2021 10:33:30 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Updated website address > www.evasioncomete.be !

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 03:56:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 10:38:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
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Merged duplicate record to incude information from MACR 278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:55:35 ED-BB Changes to events
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Correction to typo in Biography

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:38:30 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 278

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:27:54 ED-BB Changes to surname and biography
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 278

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 278

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