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George M Balmore

Military

Radio operator, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Original member of the Carqueville crew. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories in Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. T/Sgt Balmore was hit in the head and back with 20 mm rounds. Killed in Action (KIA).
The 1st Bomb Wing/381st BG did not hear the recall while over the continent. 180 out of 700 bombers continued the mission without fighter cover. The 533rd BS lost 6 out of 9 aircraft. The 381st BG earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation.

Service

People

  • Herbert Carqueville

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Carqueville crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3180 'Forget Me Not II'. Mission #37 to the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany. MACR 888. Plane crashed into North Sea after being damaged by fighter attack. Killed in...

  • Gordon Crozier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Clyde Dideum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIIA - Wolfsburg Corinthia. ...

  • Cliff Easley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Gordon Giddens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • George Hannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, German on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Albert Monaco

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Crozier crew. Original member of the Chelf crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Robert Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Butler crew. Member of the Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Landed on 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29755 'Gremlins Delite' on mission #42 to the railroad marshalling yards at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out....

  • Walter Purnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Sidney Van Ness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-37730. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37730

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/8/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-U] Ridgewell 20/9/43; Missing in Action 15+m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Gordon Crozier, Co-pilot: Sid Van Ness, Navigator: George Hannon, Bombardier: Albert Monaco, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Based 22 July 1943 – 11 January 1944

Carqueville crew member

Killed in Action Germany 11 January 1944
Buried Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 21:25:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Capitalized the name "Carqueville".

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 04:50:06 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2018 21:07:28 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1877, 8th AF Losses,

href="www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx">www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx> / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1877 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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