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Roger G Rand


At age 20, flew 23 missions. Shot down 10 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW). in B-17 'Lady Fortune' #42-97858. Plane blew up at 11,000 feet. Nobody bailed, but 3 of us survived. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 3A for 4 1/2 months. Navigator E. Pliskin, Ball Turret Gunner R. Bright also survived.

Air Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters


Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb 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


  • 42-97858 'Lady of Fortune' "Carmen's folly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 30/4/44 LADY FORTUNE; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-Y] 1/5/44; 82m, Missing in Action Cologne 10/1/45 with Roger Rand, Navigator: Irving Plinskin, Ball turret gunner:...


Event Location Date
Born Gays Mills, Wisconsin, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 10 January 1945
Died 6 August 2018
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2018 14:37:03 Emily Changes to biography and events


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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11743 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self/ MACR 11743