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Capen Robert Simons

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Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Jarvis Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • James Bowcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #41-24453 'Mizpah/ The Bearded Beauty/ The Bearded Lady'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Carter

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Cherry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier August 1943 in B-17 #42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, A/C was attacked by fighters. With A/C afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near Frankfurt...

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 # 42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North...

  • Albert DiMinno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD).

  • Jack Hargis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Lloyd Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425178 'The Old Stand. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Judy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    17 August 1943 in B17 42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, ac attacked by fighters. With a/c afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near Frankfurt. Pilot Judy, Co-pilot Lays and Engineer Cherry stayed with the a/c and landed on the grass at...

  • George O'Dea

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3119 Destiny's Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Presque 28/4/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 4/6/43; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 5th mission - Hamburg 26/7/43 with some members of Lt Jack A. Hargis' new crew. Hargis' crew was split up to fly their...

  • 42-5178 The Old Stand By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-L] Bassingbourn 11/1/43; Missing in Action on its 15th mission, to Anklam, Germany on 9 October 1943. Pilot James D. Judy; Co-pilot: John K....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kingsville, Texas, USA 11 May 1918
Enlisted San Antonio, Texas, United States 9 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 9 October 1943

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Poland; forced march to Stalag 7A Moosburg, Germany. NARA WWII POW records "Returned to Military Control 21/6/1945")

Died Kingsville, Texas, United States 5 June 1992
Lived in Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, United States
Buried Chamberlain Cemetery, Kingsville, Texas, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:07:22 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
Sources

Added a connection to Stalag 7A per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:05:07 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
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Added a connection to Stalag Luft 3 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:01:23 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 10:55:55 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 898

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 10:52:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 898 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, MACR 898

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