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Garrett Anthony Filemyr

Military

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Herbert Claxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • Malcolm Culver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Garrett Filemyr crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • David Jehnzen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Garrett Filemyr crew. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • Lorenzo Maiden

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 5th combat mission. Garrett Filemyr crew. Tail gunner. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5999 Awards: PH.

  • Thomas Meadows

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • Ruben Monteil

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

  • James Parkes

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/19/44 in B-17 Liberty Run #42-31315. Interned then sent back to England and returned to his base and started instructing others on the use of the radio. He was then reassigned to a bomber and flew quite a few more missions then he...

  • William Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Robinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Garrett Filemyr crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107084 'Betty's Revenge'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Politz, Poland 7/10/44 with Alex Harasym, Clarry Barsuk, Glen Topic, Jarvis Friduss, Emanuel Saylor, John Bailey, George Capps ...

  • 42-31315 Liberty Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Romulus 18/11/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 23/12/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Garrett Filemyr, Co-pilot: Herb Claxton, Navigator: Ed Robinson, Bombardier: Bob Monteil, Flight...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 14 August 1921

Son of Edward J and Katherine Filemyr.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 4 May 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Commissioned 28 July 1943

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Interned (INT) Spain 19 June 1944 – 4 July 1944

Shot down in Spain in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44, Interned (INT).

Based Deenethorpe December 1944 – September 1944

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 8 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 7 June 1970
Buried Odd Fellows Cemetery and Mausoleum Burlington, Burlington County, NJ 10 June 1970

Odd Fellows Cemetery and Mausoleum
Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 20:32:25 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116018024/garrett-a-filemyr

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 20:26:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28739045
https://www.fold3.com/image/543280650
https://www.fold3.com/image/136448753
https://www.fold3.com/record/18625806/garrett-filemyr-social-security-de...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83789406/garrett-a-filemyr-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/621362769/garrett-filemyr-1921-veterans-aff...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=207
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=12071
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116018024/garrett-a-filemyr

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 01:27:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 19:07:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity. Changed the location of the POW event from "France" to "Spain".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5999 / MACR5999, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=207 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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