Volunteer Pilot of B-17 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on "Aphrodite" flying bomb mission to Mimoyecques, France. Bailed out safely of A/C over UK.
Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
||9 June 1921
Son of Andrew and Johanna Engel.
||Chicago, IL, USA
||30 June 1942
||Mimoyecques, 62250, France
||4 August 1944
Pilot of B-17 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on flying bomb mission to Mimoyecques, France. Baled out of A/C over UK.
||1 April 1969
||Hastings, MI 49058, USA
||5 April 1969
Yankee Springs Cemetery
Hastings, Barry County