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Andrea Menard Alcarese


On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).



  • Jerry Payne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

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    B-17 Flying Fortress
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  • 42-31549 Jeannie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Gr Island 7/12/43; New Castle 16/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 1/1/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Loslo, Co-pilot: Bob Wilson, Navigator: Doug Morrison, Bombardier: Presley...

  • 42-39894 Boomerang Barbara

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 18/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Rostock 20/2/44 with Jerry Payne, Co-pilot: Carl Cole, Navigator: Jim Kelley, Bombardier: Clarry Swanson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
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  • Stalag Luft IV

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Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland 15 May 1921
Lived in Baltimore, MD 16 February 1942

4017 Old York Road

Enlisted Baltimore, MD 12 December 1942
Shot Down/WIA/Captured Assens, Denmark 20 February 1944

In particularly aggressive attacks, the fighters stayed with the bombers into, over, and away from the target. On the outbound route, Payne radioed that his aircraft had a massive fuel leak and that he was diverting to another path home. The aircraft eventually made an emergency landing near Assen, Denmark.

Accounts vary, some telling that the tail gunner parachuted to safety; others that he was in the crash, but survived. He was, in fact, the only survivor, and it is a matter of record that he was captured and sent to a German military hospital to be treated for serious wounds. All others were killed in the crash.

POW Tychowo, Poland 1 March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV

(dates are approximate)

Graduated Baltimore, MD 1952

Bachelor of Science
Loyola University of Maryland

Died Lutherville, MD 27 November 1996


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 04:37:44 466thHistorian Changes to nickname and awards

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 04:31:39 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 15:13:36 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:03:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2432, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces