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Theodore Joseph Krol

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Theodore Krol was Bombardier on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he ended up being hidden in a secret camp in the Fréteval Forest, near Châteaudun, France. Liberated there by US troops on 13 September 1944. For more details about his evasion, see his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fkroltj.html

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People

  • Marvin Benz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Marvin Benz was killed by 20mm shells on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Crowley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Crowley was Right Waist gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Hit in the lungs and stomach by 20mm shells, he bailed out above Breuil, France. Immediately captured, he...

  • John Dunaway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    John Dunaway was Pilot of B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War", shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Captured near Unchair, about 3km South of the crash site, on 20 March...

  • Harry Horst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Harry Horst was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. He was hit in the head and killed by a 20mm...

  • Henry Kane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Henry Kane was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Captured near Unchair, about 3km South of the crash site, on 20 March...

  • John Katsaros

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Katsaros was Left Waist gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Evaded (EVD).

  • Francis Mastronardi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Separated from the formation but still bombed the target, an ME 109 Assembly plant in Frankfurt, Germany on 20 March 1944 in B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War". Shot down by ME109's over Breuil, German-Occupied France. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims,...

  • William Mock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    William Mock was Navigator on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Rusch

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Walter Rusch was Ball Turret gunner on B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War" shot down by fighters on return from the 20 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt. Crashed near Breuil, 20km NW of Reims, France. Captured in Unchair, about 3km South of the crash site, on 20...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38033 Man O'War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Grand Island 15/12/43; Presque Is 21/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 6/1/44. Missing in Action Frankfurt 20 March 1944 with Pilot John A. Dunaway, Co-pilot: Henry Kane, Radio Operator: Francis J. Mastronardi,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hammond, Lake County, Indiana 27 September 1918
Enlisted 18 February 1942

Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana

Bailed out 20 March 1944

of B-17G #42-38033 "Man O'War"

Landed in parachute Courville, France 20 March 1944

near Courville, West of Reims, France

Evaded capture 20 March 1944 – 13 September 1944

helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance

Died 10 May 1996

Crown Point, Indiana

Lived in

Hammond, Indiana

Buried

Theodore Krol rests at Arlington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 14:16:17 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3332
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1017
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 05:09:03 MaryAnneKrol Changes to middlename, nickname and events
Sources

Mary Anne Krol, daughter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3332, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=618

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