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Selbert Hampton Moore

Military

September 8, 1944 in 'Why Not?' A/C #42-107208 flak cause one engine's cylinder to blow out. Pressure dropped in another engine and pilot Jorgensen could not make the engine feather. Prop wash from other planes caused rapid drop in altitude. Bombs were dropped 20 miles east of Rheims. Now at 1000 feet in altitude, pilot Jorgensen ordered a bail out. All bailed out except pilot, copilot and Bombardier. With the load lightened the plane was able to fly to Orly. 'Why Not?' was repaired in France and returned to base. Sergeant Moore and other crew members contacted French and were taken to Paris.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-107208 Why Not?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-U] Snetterton 25/4/44; detailed Mainz 8/9/44 with Nick Jorgensen, Co-pilot: Dave Tritsch, Navigator: Leo Fleming, Bombardier: Tom Hooper, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 15 March 1920
Died 24 July 2014

(aged 94)

Buried San Diego, California, USA

Miramar National Cemetery
PLOT: SECTION A ROW 2 SITE 153

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 01:50:14 jmoore43 Changes to service number and highest rank
Sources

Added S/N per MACR #8810 (Fold3.com). Source: https://www.fold3.com/image/28728984
Updated rank per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 134040822.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 01:57:44 jmoore43 Changes to middlename
Sources

Added middle name per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 134040822.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 01:54:28 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added Born, Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 134040822.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 01:39:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography and aircraft associations
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added a connection to A/C #42-107208 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 Combat Chronology Supplement, Snetterton Falcons by Doherty and Ward, p.189 MACR 8810

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