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George Eli Babich


Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29693 'Lonesome Polecat' North Sea 70 miles north of Texel Island, 11-Jun-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2807

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.



  • Malcolm MacKinnon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bremen, Germany. Shot down 11-Jun-43 in B-17 42-29693. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2807. Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29693 'Lonesone Polecat'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Alconbury 29/3/43; t/o Framlingham (6m), Missing in Action Cuxhaven 11/6/43 with Malcolm MacKinnon, Co-pilot: Gene Wood, Navigator: Dick Miller, Bombardier:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


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Born Pennsylvania 22 April 1919

Son of Frank and Magdalena Babich.

Based Horham 1943 – 11 June 1943

Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in action 70 miles Nth of Texel Island 11 June 1943

Shot down in B-17 42-29693 'Lonesome Polecat' North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2807

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at Margraten
Netherlands American Cemetery


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MACR 2807. Book: Operation Record of 95th BG by Paul Andrews, p86. Book: Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Force June 1942 to Dec 1943 by Bishop and Hey, page 146

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /