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Elmer Franklin Hagen

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Radio operator, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VI & Luft IV.
Milwaukee, WI
KU report document mistakenly placed in MACR 2241 on page #32.
This was the first 800+ bomber mission of the 8th Air Force.

Service

People

  • Robert Berg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Joe Flood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt Flood was last seen in the waist area with...

  • Dale Gentsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Joseph Grugan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • James Light

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Russell Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Robert Mohnacky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial area of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Lorraine AMC. ...

  • Peter Schenck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • William Yake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Lorraine AMC. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38045

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 21//12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-C] 22/1/44; 2+m Missing in Action Brunswick 29/1/44 with Bob Mohnacky, Co-pilot: Joe Flood, Navigator: Bill Yake, Bombardier: Jim Light,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Stalag Luft VI

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 11 1914
Based 7 December 1943 – 29 January 1944
Prisoner of War Germany 29 January 1944

Stalag Luft VI
Stalag Luft IV

Died 25 September 1969

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 23:14:52 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 02:14:32 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, biography and events
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Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 04:03:12 ARowe95 Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 2242, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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