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Ross S Houston


Flew 26 missions, lead crew. Shot down over Misberg Ger. . Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft I , 6 mos. Plane was 'The Moose' #4440205 on 11/26/44
Ross' parents were notified of his survival by HAM radio operators in the States who monitored German broadcasts. They were he said at least spared the shock of the MIA telegram. He considered himself lucky to be alive - after enduring only six months imprisonment - when he learned of what happened to prisoners of the Japanese.
Prisoner of War AM 2clstrs, ETO 3 stars, Presidential Citation, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Born 2924 Sidney St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 26 November 1944


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 14:01:10 Helen Changes to biography

Ringmasters Summer 1996

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 13:47:55 FlyingFort Changes to role, awards and events

Obituary and his personal Stalag I book

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10765 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000/Self MACR 10765 & Page 300 in the book THE SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database