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Eugene N Waldher


Shot down by fighters just after bommbing the mission target at Gotha, GR and crashed SW of Gotha on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100374. Prisoner of War (POW).


Capt. Eugene N. Waldher was the operations officer of the 700th Bomb Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group. He flew in Lt. Murphy's place as part of the crew's regular training regimen. Capt. Waldher bailed out of the aircraft and spent the remainder of the war as a POW at Stalag Luft I.
After the war, Eugene Waldher returned to active service. He eventually retired as a Colonel from the Air Force. He passed away on August 24, 2004, at the age of 84. His death notice was published in the Arizona Daily Star.


Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-100374 Suitch's Bitch

    B-24 Liberator
    In mid-December, 1943, Lt. Suitch received orders to proceed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take possession of a newly-built B-24 Liberator bomber. The bomber assigned to Lt. Suitch's crew was built at the Consolidated plant in San Diego, California, as part...


Event Location Date
Born Pomeroy, Washington, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 16:09:39 bombardier_daughter Changes to biography

Nancy Wilson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2562 / MACR 2562, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database