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Joseph J. Rosa


On 21-Sep-43 while serving as Navigator of B-26B 41-31721 387BG/559BS the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire while attacking the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. 1LT Rosa an the rest of the crew were able to bale out of the stricken aircraft before it crashed about two miles northwest of the target. He and 4 others were captured as Prisoners of War (POW) 2 evaded capture.


Units served with

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31721 Cactus Jack

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-20-MA 41-31721 "Cactus Jack" was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tille, France. During the attack the aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and...


  • VIII Air Support Command 65

    21 September 1943
    A combinded formation of 73 B-26s from: 287BG (37) and 322BG (36) are despatched to bomb the German airfield of Beauvais/Tillie, France. 44 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Fails to Return (FTR) 5POW 2EVD and 1 aircraft is Damaged...

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Rhode Island, USA 1918
Enlisted Providence, RI, USA 7 January 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) 21 September 1943 – 9 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control 9-Jun-45


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 13:59:08 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations

NARA Enlistment record: desc&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=391180&rlst=391180,2879733,6491947,3864538,8321042,7886018,2662708,7892590

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2017 18:26:30 Michael B Changes to highest rank and awards

Lt. J. J. Rosa is my father. I have all his medals and his MACR report. He stayed in the Air Force until 1964 for 22 years of service.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 20:13:19 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015 Add NEW person entry. All data from MACR 614; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.