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Victor Henry Estes

Military

Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

Service

People

  • James Eckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

  • Ernst Feibusch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. 'I was one of those [who flew out of Britain] (390th BG) we were shot down over Stuttgart (25th mission).'

  • Daniel Foley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Military | Major | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed B-17 #43-37866 in Switzerland on 5 September 1944, after being hit by Flak over Stuttgart, Germany. Also served in Korea.

  • Alvin Jaspers

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned for a short time in neutral Switzerland.

  • Robert Kincaid

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Kincaid was a Waist gunner in the 390th Bomb Group/571st Bomb Squadron. He was Killed In Action on his sixth mission on board B-17 # 42-102505 during the 22 June 1944 mission to Paris-Saint-Ouen, France. The ship returned to base. No MACR. A...

  • William Marra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Robert Miner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Walter Underwood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37866 Blues in the Night

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 8/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-B] Framlingham 29/6/44. Missing in Action Stuttgart 5 September 1944 with Pilot 1st Lt Thomas F. Gallagher, Co-Pilot Captain Alvin W. Jaspers, Navigator: 2nd Lt Daniel...

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Junction, Texas 3 July 1913
Lived in 1941

Houston, Texas

Enlisted 13 January 1941

Houston, Texas

Interned (INT) Switzerland 5 September 1944 – 22 September 1944

after forced-landing in Switzerland

Died 16 July 2008

Houston, Texas

Buried

Victor Estes rests at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:29:21 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File
Veterans Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:27:49 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:23:28 ED-BB Changes to middlename and events
Sources

WWII Draft card

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 09:26:30 ED-BB Changes to firstname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8456

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8456

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