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Frank J Simone

Military

Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' while serving as Radio Operator. Waist Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed near Marzhausen/Hebenshausen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 42-39996 Boston Bombshell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' was delivered Long Beach 29-Oct-43; assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bassingbourn 14-Jan-44. Attacked by German aircraft on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack caused the left wing to catch...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Edgewood, Pennsylvania
Killed in Action (KIA) Hebenshausen, 37249 Neu-Eichenberg, Germany 16 August 1944

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed near Marzhausen/Hebenshausen, Germany

Buried Neupré, Belgium 1945

Originally buried by the Germans in the cemetery of Hebenshausen, Germany. His remains were recovered and re-interred in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot A, Row 22, Grave 6.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 10:38:17 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 8179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 19:27:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SN, KIA event and BS association per MACR 8179. Added Burial event and decoration per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) reocrd, crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; BS association of this crew member based on MACR 8179 while BS association of aircraft is based on Roger A. Freeman, David Osborne and Bihop & Hey. COMBINATION of data from duplicate entry. Place of Birth in this record is taken as correct (See original sources of data ingest below).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8179

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