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Gilbert H Carlson


Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3162 'Buccaneer'. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Howard Carlson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Howard R. Carlson followed his brother (Gilbert Carlson) into the Air Corps on 23 Feb 1943 and was stationed in Italy (1944-45) where he was a co-pilot on a B-24 Liberator with the 464th Bomb Group, 778th BS, 15th Air Force. He was discharged on 16 Aug...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29591 'The Shamrock Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA...

  • 42-3162 Buccaneer, Black Jack,Bloopy Bloomers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Dow Fd 9/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-C] BLACK JACK Bassing- bourn 18/4/43; then BLOOPY BLOOMERS; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 15/7/43; Missing in Action (2+m Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Talmadge Wilson, Co...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born 13 August 1920

Born in NJ

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 August 1943 – 19 May 1945

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 02:13:20 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 17:52:14 intrepid Changes to media associations

family photo

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 17:44:07 intrepid Changes to aircraft associations

official daily log of the 401st BS 91st BG 8th AF

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 17:42:24 intrepid Changes to events

personal knowledge and official reports

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 17:30:57 intrepid Changes to nickname, highest rank and awards

Personal knowledge of service member, who was my father's cousin. Also from MACR and official sources

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 259 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database