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Francis Lawrence Russell


Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • George West

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31057

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Horham 29/9/43; 10m 16/12/43, with Larry Kerr, Co-pilot: John Murphy, Navigator: Murray Ball, Bombardier: Ed Harty, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marion Brace, Radio Operator: Howard Pollard,...

  • 42-31496 Salvo Sadie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-Q] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Jack Atherton, Co-pilot: Don Awalt, Navigator: Dick Fitzmaurice, Bombardier: John Whelan, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-40050 Channel Express III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-97487 Hangover Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Isle 19/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 12/1/44; crash landed base 3/10/44, Salvaged 2 SAD. HANGOVER HAVEN.


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    28 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Wabasha County, MN, USA 14 August 1923
Lived in Wabasha County, MN, USA 1942
Enlisted St Paul, MN, USA 30 October 1942

Fort Snelling

401st BG Combat Tour Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 30 December 1943 – 28 May 1944

27 combat missions

Shot Down/Captured Krensitz, 04509 Krostitz, Germany 28 May 1944
POW Zagan, Poland 28 May 1944 – 30 May 1945

Stalag Luft III

Died Wabasha County, MN, USA 10 March 1995
Buried Wabasha, MN 55981, USA 14 March 1995

Saint Felix Cemetery • Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minnesota, USA


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 05:26:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 03:07:07 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 03:01:17 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:09:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5309,