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Frank F Wieczerzak

Military

Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

Service

People

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Allen Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut. ...

  • Robert Piarote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www...

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at...

  • William Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded capture for 6 months until caught in a trap set by the Gestapo and...

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA
Evaded Belgium 29 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2268 / MACR 2268, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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