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Gaston Meredith Fox

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

"It was acting like a yoyo" said Lt. Fox, pilot on a particularly breathtaking moment in landing his Fort safely after the rudders, elevators and tail had been ruined by flak. He landed his plane on the automatic flight control device.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Duane Brandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Gaston Fox crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down, ditched in Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939 ...

  • Allen Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Cecil Estess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Joseph Gallas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939 Awards: PH.

  • Francis Hoad

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Assisted pilot Lt Bingham in getting severely battle damaged B-17 42-39993 "Hells Angels" back to England after the Oscherleben mission, rest of crew baled out RTD ...

  • Leonard Mendelson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939 ...

  • Charles Sierra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down, ditched in Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10-Apr-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939 ...

  • Donald Van Booven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down, ditched in Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10-Apr-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Darrel Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Gaston Fox crew. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3939 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31511 'Fools Luck III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Evere A/fd 10/4/44 with Gaston Fox, Co-pilot: Francis Hoad, Navigator: Darrel Wilson, Bombardier: Leon Mendelson, Ball...

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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clifton Forge, Virginia 7 February 1921

Son of Annie R Fox.

Enlisted 30 September 1939
Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 10 April 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of war (POW) Barth, Germany 10 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of war (POW). Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

Baled out POW 3 miles W of Calais 10 April 1944

Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Discharged USAF 28 September 1956

Honourable discharge.

Died 21 May 1981
Buried Crown Hill Cemetery Albany, GA 24 May 1981

Crown Hill Cemetery
Albany,
Dougherty County, GA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 13:45:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29638088
https://www.fold3.com/image/197771136
https://www.fold3.com/record/23479989-gaston-fox
https://www.fold3.com/record/622233028-gaston-fox-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23666319/gaston-meredith-fox

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2020 17:04:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29638088
https://www.fold3.com/image/197771136
https://www.fold3.com/record/23479989-gaston-fox
https://www.fold3.com/record/622233028-gaston-fox-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23666319/gaston-meredith-fox

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 23:52:36 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 23:49:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 14:44:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3939;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3939, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=25

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