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Ferdinand A Lancour

Military

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 9-Dec-44 raid to Stuttgart aboard B-17 42-97141; “Sgt. Ferdinand A Lancour of the 325th Squadron, engineer of 2nd Lt Harry S Culver’s crew, displayed considerable courage in attempting to close open-and-jammed bomb bay doors. Improvising a tool, Sgt Lancour prevailed upon two crew members to hold him head downward; dangling precariously with 27,500 feet of space between himself and the earth, he tried in vain to repair the damaged doors. Although the attempt was unsuccessful, crew members were loud in their praise of Sgt Lancour’s initiative and fortitude.”
Completed 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Harry Culver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288. Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97141 'Mary Jane II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44; battle damaged Soest with Lt Culver 28/1/45, lost 2 engines, force landed continent, T/Sgt Howard B Hovis (WIA) 9 x RTD, 1 x WIA; Salvaged 9/3...

  • 42-97288 'Flagship'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-U] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Harry Culver, Cornell Christensen, Bill...

Missions

  • 743

    9 December 1944

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Perkins, MI 19 April 1922

Son of Ferdinand and Mathilda [Beauchamp] Lancour.

Enlisted Kalamazoo, MI 5 May 1943
Based Podington 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Malmo, Sweden 18 March 1945

Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150

Discharged USAAF 31 October 1945
Died Escanaba, MI 9 October 1973
Buried West Ford River Cemetery, Ford River, MI 14 October 1973

West Ford River Cemetery
Ford River,
Delta County, MI

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2019 21:57:55 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/44868064-ferdinand-lancour
https://www.fold3.com/record/89793628-ferdinand-a-lancour
https://www.fold3.com/record/624317420-ferdinand-lancour-1922
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21121806/ferdinand-a-lancour

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 17:07:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/44868064-ferdinand-lancour
https://www.fold3.com/record/89793628-ferdinand-a-lancour
https://www.fold3.com/record/624317420-ferdinand-lancour-1922
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21121806/ferdinand-a-lancour

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