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Thomas G Garten


Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97235, Prisoner of War (POW). This was my 8th mission. Spent 1 year as Prisoner of War (POW) and was on 600 mile Death March.

POW/Purple Heart, AF Medal ETC


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97235

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 729th BS / 452nd BG ( H ) RAF Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Walt Naylor, Navigator: Austin Casselberry, Bombardier: Mike Veselich, Radio Operator:...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Stalag XI-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Alley, West Virginia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 May 1944

Stalag 357 Oerbke (Near Fallingbostel) Prussia 53-09


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 00:32:53 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4778 / MACR 4778/self / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database