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Edwin Frances Grogan

Military

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.

His first cousin was John Emil Grogan.

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.

Service

People

  • 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.

  • Everett Blagg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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.

  • Albert Cahill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 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.

  • Casimir Chester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 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: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Roy Dudgeon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 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.

  • Dan Grover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Downed by flak over Foggia in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' 7-Sep-43; A/C exploded, baled out or blown clear. Returned (RTD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Myron Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Downed by flak over Foggia in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky Jr' 7-Sep-43; A/C exploded, blown clear. Prisoner of War (POW), MACR 642. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH (OLC), GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Rhodes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    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...

  • Morton Schlesinger

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 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: AM (4OLC), PH.

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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...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montague, MA 13 June 1911

Son of Joseph E and Alphonsine E [Duchame] Grogan.

Enlisted Boston, MA 14 August 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Depienne, Tunisia 1943 – 7 September 1943

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

Died Foggia, Italy 7 September 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642

Buried Saint Marys Cemetery Montague, Franklin County, MA December 1948

Re-Interred
Saint Marys Cemetery
Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2021 13:20:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154685545/edwin-f-grogan

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2021 22:15:29 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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06 November 2021 21:25:13 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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13 May 2020 08:57:17 Emily Changes to middlename, biography and person associations
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Information provided by user Brian Grogan from his profile page

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 14:27:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154685545/edwin-f-grogan

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