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Francis R Chase

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31987 'Shilaylee' 'The Little Skipper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington,...

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hartford, Connecticut, USA 1924

Son of William P and Anna R Chase.

Lived in Contra Costa County, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 4 March 1943
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 31 December 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Frisian Islands 31 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing.
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten
Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 14:24:55 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402
https://www.fold3.com/record/529877732-francis-r-chase
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039298?terms=Francis%20R%20Chase
https://www.fold3.com/record/85750682-francis-r-chase
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56297539

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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