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George Dewey Rawlings

Military

B-17 #42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 13 May 1943 by own waist gunner and bailed out safely. Shot down again on 17 May 1943 mission to Lorient, France in B-17 #42-29767 'Boot Hill'. Prisoner of War (POW) : initially imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3, Poland and force-marched to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945. Served 30 years in USAF, flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. Retired as Colonel in 1972.
Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal , Purple Heart

Service

People

  • William Carnahan

    Military | Captain | pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • George Forslund

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29767 'Boot Hill' First 96th airplane to be shot down. F/O George Forslund was co-pilot and was unable to bail out. The tail gunner S/Sgt Andrew L. Jorinscay was also killed. George died one week before his 20th...

  • Norville Gorse

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched into North Sea 13 May 1943. Gorse and pilot Rogers made a valiant effort to control the plane. Returned to base. ...

  • Louis Haltom

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 over France 'Boot Hill. ' Evaded. First 96th A/C to be shot down.

  • Andrew Jorinscay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 'Boot Hill. ' Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Niles Loudenslager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 'Boot Hill. ' Evaded.

  • Bailey Lovin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29767 'Boot Hill'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herman Marshall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 'Boot Hill. ' Evaded.

  • Roy Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 'Boot Hill. ' Evaded.

  • William Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229767 'Boot Hill. ' Evaded.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-29752

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salinas 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43; on assembly crashed in The Wash en route St Omer when controls were damaged and stabilizer shot off accidentally by own waist...

  • 42-29767 Boot Hill

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 February 1943; Walker 27 February 1943; Salina 10 March 1943; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX- ] Grafton Underwood 17 April 1943; Andrews Field 13 May 1943. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Faxon, Oklahoma 2 March 1922
made a Prisoner of War 17 May 1943

near Spézet, France

Prisoner of War 17 May 1943 – 1945

interned Stalag Luft 3, Poland and force-marched to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2018 14:51:43 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15546

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15546 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, MACR 15546, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 117, 125. Snetterton Falcons by Doherty and Ward pp. 20, 21 /son; Snetterton Falcons, pg 24

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