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Earl Carter Mason

Military

Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Rescued and returned to base.

Service

People

  • Robert Belk

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943. All crew survived. Shot down in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on mission to Regensburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Bucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    James Bucher was serving as Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie' when it was shot down on the 26 November 1943 to Bremen, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea and James Bucher drowned, unable to get on board a life raft in the icy...

  • Joseph Burger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on the 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Robert DeMille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25...

  • Donald Engwer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Completed tour and returned to the US. Honorably discharged 22 October 1945.

  • William Gilmore

    Military | Major | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea, off UK. Returned to base. Later became Commanding Officer of the 482nd BG . ...

  • Maurice Henry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. T/Sgt Maurice Henry was Top Turret Gunner on this Fortress, which ditched into the North Sea after being hit by Flak. Besides being posthumously awarded the Air Medal and the Purple...

  • Donald Morrison

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Rescued and returned to base.

  • Alfred Nuttall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Squadron Commander | 384th Bomb Group
    Original 544th BS CO, member of original cadre to form squadron. ...

  • Floyd Ohlson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5051 'Barrel House Bessie'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down and crashed near Cherbourg, France on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 February 1944 in B-17G #42-39784 'Cabin in the Sky' ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5051 Barrel House Bessie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Assigned 2BG New Castle, force landed base with Onas Matz 25/3/43; Dow Fd 11/6/43; transferred 303BG Molesworth 1/11/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-M] Chelveston 2/11/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 26/7...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 September 1917

Springfield, Illinois

Lived in 1940

Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington

Enlisted 22 May 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in San Francisco, California

rescued after ditching in North Sea 26 November 1943

in B-17 42-5051

Died 7 March 1992

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2019 10:38:16 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1579
NARA WWII ENlistment records
SSDI death Index

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:34:44 Bdemille Changes to media associations
Sources

Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:29:46 Bdemille Changes to media associations
Sources

Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:23:29 Bdemille Changes to media associations
Sources

Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:20:09 Bdemille Changes to person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Bruce A. DeMille, son Lt. Robert E. DeMille

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1579 / MACR 1579, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=m... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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