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Chester R Knowles Jr


B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31672 Buckeye, Boomerang II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG Bassingbourn 23/1/44; Missing in Action 6m Stuttgart 20/3/44 with Frank Turk, Co-pilot: Franklin Whitcomb, tog-Chester Knowles, ttg-Dale Jackson, Ball turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Born Portland, Maine


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3411, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces