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Frank W Bruehl

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Frank Bruehl was Navigator on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • Arthur Donovan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Arthur Donovan was Bombardier on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Gleason

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    William Gleason was 2nd Navigator on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Heilman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Thomas Heilman was Right Waist gunner on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • William Lawrence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    William Lawrence was Tail Gunner on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Killed In Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Richard Malone

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action on 31 December 1944 in AC 44-8352. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Stanley McKay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 December 1944 in B-17 44-8352.

  • Gilbert Sousa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Gilbert Sousa was Left Waist Gunner on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Killed In Action (KIA) AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Edgar Stoelting

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Edgar Stoelting was Radio Operator on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Volpe

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    John Volpe was Top Turret gunner on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Killed In Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • David Whitlock

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    David Whitlock was Command Pilot on board B-17 #44-8352, hit by Flak, exploded and crashed in Hamelin-Pyrmont, 100km SW of Hannover, Germany on 31 December 1944. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8352

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/8/44; Langley 2/9/44; Dow Fd 22/9/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 1/10/44; transferred 493BG Debach 3/10/44. Missing in Action Hamburg, 31 December 1944 with Richard B. Malone, Stanley M. McKay, John Volpe, Gilbert Sousa, Thomas J....

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2020 12:26:50 ED-BB Changes to unit associations
Sources

Corrected Squadron

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2020 12:22:14 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11235
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft Card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11235 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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