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Francis D Andersen


Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck', Prisoner of War (POW). This was his 8th mission per the MACR #1157.

Earlier 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, with B-17 #42-5482 'Cat O'Nine Tails' running out of fuel landed at Bedfordshire. Crew returned.



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24565 The Ramblin' Wreck / Idaho Potato Peeler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10 RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Hall, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5482 Cat O'Nine Tails

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Brookley 1/2/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth 6/3/43; sustained flak damage over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Franklin Ball, Navigator: Jim Berger,...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Austria 5 November 1943

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
11 November 2021 21:20:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a space in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 19:12:18 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added a connection to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Updated the location of the "POW" event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2020 18:51:44 jmoore43 Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Copied "Summary biography" and a connection to A/C #42-5482 from a Duplicate person as part of a merge operation of dup people so the dup person can be deleted.

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2020 18:39:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 21:00:30 jmoore43 Changes to surname, service number, biography and events

Added a "Summary biography" copied from another of his crew.
Added S/N and POW camp info from POW records at the National Archives.
Corrected spelling of his last name (see MACR #1157 at 303BG website).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:45 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 1157 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database