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Glenn J Rhodes Jr


Shot down on B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' on 7 September 1943, on a mission to Foggia, Italy. The aircraft received a direct flak hit, which tore the wing off. The aircraft exploded, but Rhodes survived the crash and was taken as a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.

My father, Glenn J. Rhodes, and his crew were given B-17 Stinky Jr., after his CO tore out the landing gear of the new B-17 he brought over from Salina, Kansas in June of 1943. He and his crew refurbished Stinky Jr. with more guns and armor and fell in love with her. She had 70 missions on her when they got her, and they put 27 more on her, and were shot down during the aircraft's 97th mission.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Bispham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 642. Awards: PH.

  • Edwin Grogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 97th Bomb Group
    Edwin Frances Grogan, originally of Turners Falls, MA, served in the 414 Bomb Squadron, and was killed in action over Foggia Italy on 7 September 1943 in B-17 Flying Fortress 41-24342. ...

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb 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...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24342 'Stinky Jr'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bovingdon 8/42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42; transferred Maison Blanche, Alg. 20/11/42; Missing in Action Foggia 7/9/43 with Bill Bispham, Pilot: Everett Blogg, Navigator: Glenn J. Rhodes Jr., Co-pilot: Dan Grover, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-30310 Bonnie V.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Morrison 9/6/43; Assigned 419BS/301BG St Donat 12/6/43; Oudna 6/8/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action 31m Regensburg 25/2/44 with Chester Koch, Loy Allen, Ralph Nyren, Paul Parent, (...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Weiser, ID 22 February 1918

Son of Glenn J Rhodes Sr.

Enlisted Seattle, WA 23 March 1942

Seattle, Washington

Based Depienne, Tunisia 1943 – 7 September 1943

Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 7 September 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Blown clear POW Foggia, Italy 7 September 1943

Downed by flak over Foggia in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; A/C exploded, blown clear. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 642

Died Boise, ID 14 May 2009
Buried Dry Creek Cemetery Boise, Ada County, ID 17 May 2009

Dry Creek Cemetery
Boise, Ada County, Idaho


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2021 13:29:44 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

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06 November 2021 21:59:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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14 November 2019 18:43:43 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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01 November 2019 09:22:07 Emily Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

Missing Air Crew Report 642 via fold 3

POW Record

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01 November 2019 09:11:34 Emily Changes to middlename, suffix, biography and aircraft associations

Transferred biographical details from crash site (now deleted) added by user Rhodes

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07 August 2019 18:21:17 Rhodes Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname and nationality

Glenn is my father.