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Ross M Blake

Military

B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

In Memoriam

'Col Ross Blake felw missions out of England in B-17s with the 8th AF. He was also shot down and was a POW. Ross was also shot down and a POW in North Korea and later served in Vietnam.'
Remembered by Col Gerald N Cozort, O'Fallon, IL.

Service

People

  • Ross Blake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Theodore Dubenic

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Loren Jackson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Armando Marsilii

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frederic Martini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Joined in August 1941, trained as a quartermaster. Volunteered for air service after the war started. Went to gunnery school and mechanics school. Joined Lt Loren Jackson crew when it formed at Drew Field, FL. Flew to ETO in April 1944, plane...

  • Felipe Muquiz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sam Pennell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ervin Pickrel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gerald Shaffer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    B-17 Crash Wagon III (#42-31762) hit by flak, crashed at Boisemont 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31762 Junior aka Crash Wagon III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 16/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-M] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Missing in Action French A/fds 12/6/44 with Loren Jackson, Co-pilot: Ross Blake, Bombardier: Joe...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Great Neck, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 12 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 16:05:55 Emily Changes to memoriam
Sources

Col Gerald N Cozort, via American Air Museum Memory Book correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5628 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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