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Forrest E Minch

Military

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20-Feb-44 in B-24 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2434

Awards: BS, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Warren Blakeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100085

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down on 20 February 1944. The aircraft was last seen losing altitude and had a large hole in its left wing, when it exploded shortly after. 3 members of the crew were Killed in Action and 7 taken Prisoner of War.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Palmyra, Missouri 21 March 1921

Son of Joseph Otto and Leota Pearl [Hadfield] Minch.

Based Hethel 1944 – 20 February 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of war Tychowo, Poland 20 February 1944 – 29 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV

Baled out POW SW of Brunswick, Germany 20 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick on 20-Feb-44 in B-24 42-100085; shot down, baled out POW MACR 2434

Died Palmyra, Marion County, MO 8 January 2020
Buried Greenwood Cemetery Palmyra, Marion County, MO

Greenwood Cemetery
Palmyra,
Marion County, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2021 10:27:33 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/89871629/forrest-e-minch-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://images.findagrave.com/photos/2016/0/46554615_1451636030.jpg
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46554615/forrest-e-minch

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 19:17:17 j-minch Changes to media associations
Sources

i own rights to this photo

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 18:59:15 j-minch Changes to nickname and service number
Sources

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2434, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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