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Eugene H Evans

Military

According to his widow Margaret, Eugene enlisted at 18 in Louisiana.
Eugene Evans was Right Waist Gunner on a mission to Bizerte, Tunisia on 18 December 1942 and survived the crash-landing of B-17 Serial 42-5715, shot down by German fighters over Tunisia. The Co-Pilot and three other crew members were killed. No Missing Air Crew Report for the loss. In her short relation of her husband's sercice, Margaret says his neck had been broken in the North African crash and that he flew other missions after recuperating.

Service

People

  • Paul Blaida

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew 36 missions and was also with the 12th, 15th Air Corps & Air Force. Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters; 4 Campaign ribbons, two theatres of operation Europe and North Africa; Caterpillar Club. ...

  • Thomas Burton

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Thomas Burton was on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland. Burton...

  • William Ivanhoff

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    William Matthew Ivanhoff (also known as Matthew Ivanhoff) was on board B-17E-BO A/C #41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35...

  • John Mayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    June 1942 B-17E-BO AC#41-9090 crash landed near Narsak island due to bad weather conditions. All 12 crew members left uninjured and the plane sank within a minute. Crew was transitioning to England.

  • George Monda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    George Monda was Bombardier on board of B-17 Serial 42-5715 on a mission over Tunisia on 18 December 1942. He was killed in the crash-landing of the battle-damaged Fortress.

  • Clarence Nichols

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Text from Lakeview Junior High School History teacher Rebecca A. Duda (November 2017) : “In 1938, Dracut native Clarence Buxton Nichols dropped out of Dracut High School to enlist in the Army for a three-year enlistment. He served in the infantry and...

  • John Nichols

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Lt John Nichols was pilot of B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland....

  • Grover Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Grover Williams was a passenger on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One,...

  • Frederick Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Frederick Wilson was on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland....

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5715 The Sooner II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne, 3 September 1942. To New Castle, 4 October 1942. Assigned 94th Bomb Group, 22 October 1942. Transferred 342BS/97BG Depienne, November 1942. Piloted by 1st Lt John C. Nicholson on the 18 December 1942 mission to bomb the Bizerte,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Florida, United States 21 March 1923

to Charles Allison Evans and Era Alice (Windham) Evans

Lived in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States 1940
Enlisted Louisiana, United States 16 June 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

near Bizerte, Tunisia 18 December 1942

survived the crash-landing of B-17 42-5715

Buried Cedar Crest Cemetery, Baytown, Texas, United States 1992
Died Baytown, Harris County, Texas, United States 17 August 1992

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 15:39:14 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Oral History Interview at https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth884729/?q=Evans
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
US Censuses 1930 and 1940

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