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Francis Page Nelson Jr

Military

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions.

Accident on 9-Oct-43 on slow-timing flight of B-17 41-24529. RTD.

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Everett Bartholomew

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, '"We Dood It". Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • John Berbrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Accident 9 October 1943 on slow-timing flight of B17#41-24529 BK-E. 4 Returned To Duty. ...

  • Jack Bishop

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263. Awards: PH.

  • Arthur Canziani

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263 Final Resting Place or Memorial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Edward Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2263 Final Resting Place or Memorial: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

  • Robert Grimes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, "We Dood It". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263 ...

  • Nemours Montz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner/Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Staion 106 Special Orders #110 dated 4 October 1943, John Berbrich Crew. 30 combat missions.

  • Robert Ralph

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft on a mission to Brunswick, 30 January 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 "WE DOOD IT". Killed in Action (KIA). MACR# 2263. He flew 22 combat missions. ...

  • Burton Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-5444 JD-N, "We Dood It". Killed in Action (KIA). Final Resting Place or Memorial: Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia

  • James Seibel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    shot down by enemy aircraft on a mission to Brunswick, Germany, 30 January 1944 in B-17F 42-5444 JD-N, "WE DOOD IT". Killed in Action. MACR 2263 Final Resting Place or Memorial: Missouri

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24529

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Syracuse 14/9/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 546BS/384BG Grafton Underwood [BK-J] 22/9/43; on engine check mission 9/10/43, overshot runway and into a ditch, undercarriage collapsing & blocking nearby road, with...

  • 42-5444 "WE DOOD IT"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 2/6/43; 403AD Langford Lodge 5/7/43; 545BS/384BG [JD-N] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Burton Ross, Navigator: Art Caziani, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crozet, Virginia 4 February 1921

Son of Francis Page Sr and Ruth Lee [Wayland] Nelson.

Enlisted Richmond, VA 1 April 1942

Richmond, Virginia

Based Grafton Underwood 1943 – 30 January 1944

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW 1 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-5444 "We Dood It" 30-Jan-44; shot down by fighters. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2263

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 30 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Waynesboro, VA 15 March 2013
Buried Miller School Cemetery Albemarle County, VA 18 March 2013

Miller School Cemetery
Albemarle County, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 10:53:07 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 00:09:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 14:04:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/598329089
https://www.fold3.com/record/83774145/francis-p-nelson-jr-wwii-army-enli...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106860898/francis-page-nelson

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 15:16:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
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Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2895;
- MACR 2263 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 15:15:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2895;
- MACR 2263 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2017 18:55:22 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
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AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2015 22:53:37 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2014 10:27:56 Emily Changes to role
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Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2263, 8th AF Losses, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 321, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=n...

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