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Vincent Brooks Evans

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Texas, he joined the USAAC in 1942 and was assigned as bombardier on the B-17, 'Memphis Belle'. The 'Belle' and her crew would ultimately become the first to fly all of it's required twenty-five missions in the European theatre of WWII, that being the number to be sent back to the US. Her last mission was flown on 17-May-43. After a brief tour in the states, he returned to active service and was sent to the Pacific theatre where he served as bombardier for the B-29 42-24592 'Dauntless Dotty' with 869BS, 497BG, commanded by former 'Memphis Belle' pilot Robert Morgan.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME and Asia and Pacific Campaign medals.

Post war: With the end of the war, Evans returned to civilian life and moved to California where he became a Hollywood screenwriter and later purchased and operated a successful restaurant. On 20-Apr-80, he was killed in a plane crash along with his wife and daughter.

Service

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 6 September 1920
Lived in Texas, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Worth, TX, USA 1942

Fort Worth, Texas

Based Bassingbourn October 1942 – April 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

War bonds tour United States June 1943 – September 1943

War bond tour with Memphis Belle across the US.

2nd Tour Saipan, CNMI 1944 – 1945

2nd Tour on B-29's in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

Died Santa Barbara County, CA, USA 20 April 1980

Killed in a plane crash along with his wife and daughter. 20-Apr-80.

Buried Oak Hill Cemetery Ballard Santa Barbara County CA May 1980

Oak Hill Cemetery
Ballard
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2021 12:19:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/623814836/u-s-department-of-veterans-affair...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21061781/vincent-brooks-evans
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2021 23:45:59 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added some punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 23:16:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/316632555/?terms=Vincent%20B%20Evans
https://www.fold3.com/page/642819474_the_memphis_belle#description
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21061781

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 23:15:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/316632555/?terms=Vincent%20B%20Evans
https://www.fold3.com/page/642819474_the_memphis_belle#description
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21061781

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