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Tyre Calhoun Weaver Jr


On 26 July 43 Sergeant Weaver's plane, B-17 42-29802, was hit by German Fighters, there was a loud explosion on top of the plane and Weaver dropped near the navigator Keith Koske, with his arm blown off at the shoulder.

Unable to get the bleeding to stop and also to give morphine, Koske determined that since they were still 4 hrs from base, he put Weaver's chute on him and put the ring in Weaver's right hand and shoved him out the plane figuring he would get medical attention sooner.

Weaver was taken Prisoner of War (POW) for 15 months and survived due to Koske's quick thinking. The plane's pilot had been hit in the head and was fatally wounded, the co-pilot flew the plane to the target, released the bombs, and started back to base when the navigator went up to check on them.

The co-pilot was holding the pilot off the controls and needed help, also the rest of the crew were in bad shape due to oxygen deprivation from shattered lines. They had no radio, no interphone and no hydraulic fluid. Plane did make it back to base. Weaver flew a total of 11 missions.

A detailed account has been written up by Timothy Gay as part of the Chattahoochee Heritage Project:



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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

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    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

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  • 326th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29802 RUTHIE II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Tinker 10/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-C] Alconbury 3/4/43; mission to Hamburg 26/7/43 with Bob Campbell [severely WIA], Co-pilot: John Morgan, Navigator: Keith Koske, Bombardier: Asa Irwin, Flight engineer...

  • 42-29981 'Hell-Lena'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/43; Gore 31/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Dow Fd 11/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43 HELL-LENA; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 23/7/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43...


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    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...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Stalag Luft III

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Event Location Date
Born Riverview, Chambers County, Alabama 18 June 1918

Son of Tyre C Sr and Katie Lee O Weaver.

Enlisted Alabama, USA 12 January 1942

Alabama, USA

Based Podington 1943 – 26 July 1943

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out WIA Hanover, Germany 26 July 1943

Arm shot off at shoulder, bailed out Prisoner of War (POW).

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 26 July 1943 – October 1944

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Discharged USAAF 28 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Mobile, AL, USA 20 February 1993
Buried Fairview Cemetery Valley, AL March 1993

Fairview Cemetery
Chambers County, AL


Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 17:19:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, events, person associations and mission associations

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18 January 2020 18:21:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Corrected a typo in 1 of the event descriptions. Replaced a space with a dash in the "Summary biography".

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15 September 2018 16:05:06 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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25 September 2017 12:42:23 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:26:17 AAM AAM ingest

'Fame's Favored Few' 92nd BG/Son, John L Weaver / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia