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Cecil Jack Middleton

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Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • Hughes Brewer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Casey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Cromer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dan Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #41-28589, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mallie Harper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589 named 'Old Ironsides' Prisoner of War (POW). POW at Krems, Austria 1/2 credit

  • Bedford King

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Bedford B King served as a ball turret gunner with the 389th Bomb Group out of Hethel. He was shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-24 41-28589. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Rutledge Laurens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John McClellan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Rogers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 41-28589

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, A/C severely hit by flak crew baled out 20-Dec-43. 10 x POW. MACR 1972.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gallup, NM, USA 13 September 1920
Enlisted Phoenix, AZ, USA 3 April 1942

13th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment
Dos Palos, Ca.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12, 20 December 1943

Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW).

The crash happened on 20 December 1943. It is the aircraft with the serial number
B-24 H 41-28589, SQ 566, OLD IRONSIDES with the aim of bombarding Bremen. On the return flight the aircraft was attacked by German Flak of the location Riepe and Kampfflugzeuge and suffered thus serious damage, which the machine had to be given up.
The entire crew survived the crash in 1943. They could save themselves with the parachute and landed in the vicinity of Timmel, where they were also arrested.Seargent Cromer injured in the jump off and was taken to the naval hospital to Sanderbusch.

The following are the names and status of the crew:
Pilot 1st Lt. Rutledge Laurens, Jr .
Copilot 2nd Lt Cecil J. Middleton
Navigator 2nd Lt John L. McClellan
Bombardier 2nd Lt Charles O. Rogers
Engineer / TopTurret Gunner S / Sgt Dan G. Gardner
Radio Operator T / Sgt Norman J. Casey
Ball Gunner S / Sgt Bedford B. King
Waist Gunner / Sgt Mallie L. Harper
Waist Gunner S / Sgt James P. Cromer
Tail Gunner S / Sgt Hughes H. Brewer

Died Riverside, CA, USA 29 May 1995
Buried Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518, USA 9 June 1995

Riverside National Cemetery
Cemetery Address 22495 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, CA 92518
Buried At Section Aa Row H Site 61

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 19:54:31 trbovw Changes to nickname
Sources

family

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 19:53:22 trbovw Changes to person associations
Sources

http://ostfrieslandurlaub.net/consolidated-b-24-liberator/

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 01:05:05 trbovw Changes to events
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personal records
ancestry
orders
http://ostfrieslandurlaub.net/consolidated-b-24-liberator/
aviation cadet id card

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 00:04:16 trbovw Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank and events
Sources

Special Orders NO. 122 Dept of the Air Force Washington, 23 June 1950
By Order Of The Secretary Of The Air Force:
Hoyt S. Vandenberg

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1972 / MACR 1972, 389th BG Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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