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Franklin D Lown

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Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 3 moved to Nuremburg area work camp 49-11.

POW

Service

People

  • Cleiborn Booker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • Arthur Crandall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thaddeus Hawkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Orval Huff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft III moved to work camp 49-11. ...

  • Edmund Janic

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Mercer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. Killed in aircraft crash, Langley Field, Virginia Awards: AM, PH (OLC), EAME.

  • Archibald Rantala

    Military | First Lieutenant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Secor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B. NOTE: MACR spells name 'Socor', NARA as 'Secor' with no...

  • Arvle Sirmans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: SS, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23729 Shoot Luke

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23729, named, Shoot Luke, was assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, temporarily deployed (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, Benghazi, Libya. Lt. George G. Black flew Shoot Luke on the Ploesti oil...

  • 41-23983

    B-24 Liberator

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas
Prisoner of War 16 April 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2017 16:16:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Change to aircraft association according to ‘Losses of the US 8th & 9th Air Forces’, Bishop and Hey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 15730, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 104, NARA & Page 336 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45

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