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Gilbert Martin Falck


December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacked by Japanese; April 21, 1942 Joined Army Air Corps; October 20, 1942 Left home for cadet training at San Francisco, TX;

November 13, 1942 Started ground school; February 17, 1943 Reported to Jones Field, Bonham, TX, for primary flight training; April 23, 1943 Basic flight training at Majors Field, Greenville, TX; June 27, 1943 Advanced flight training at Ellington Field, Houston, TX;

August 30, 1943 Graduated 2nd Lt., Pilot rating and Reported to Berkowitz Provisioning Group, Pyote AAB, TX; Spetember 15, 1943 Group transferred to Alexandria AAB, LA;

November 25, 1943 assigned new B-17 at Kearney AAB, NE; December 4, 1943 Flew to Bangor, ME; December 9, 1943 Flew to Gander, Newfoundland; December 18, 1943 Overseas flight to Valley, Wales;

December 31, 1943 Assigned to 91st BG at Bassingbourn, England; January 1944 Procedural and Area flight training at Bassingbourn; February 3, 1944 first bombing mission;

March 6, 1944 9th bombing mission to Berlin--Shot down over Berlin 6 March 1944 in B-17 'Hell and High Water. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

Arrived at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) for 14 months;
March 3, 1945 Liberated by the Russians;

March 8, 1945 Arrived at Camp Lucky Strike, Le Havre, France; V-E Day; May 15, 1945 Left Le Havre for Portsmouth, England, then to Boston, by boat;

June 2, 1945 Arrived home in St. Louis Park, MN; September 5, 1945 Reported to Miami Beach for rehabilitation and reassignment; End of September Assigned to Douglas AAB, Arizona; Flew B-25's; October 1945 Reported to Truax Field, WI, for separation from the Army Air Corps. Arrived home on October 30, 1945, in time for the holidays.



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


  • 42-31869 Hell and High Water

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Y] Bassingbourn 25/2/44; Missing in Action 2m Berlin 6/3/44 with Clyde Mason, Co-pilot: Gilbert Falck, Navigator: Bill Eberly, togg-Morris Fliegel, Radio Operator: Ron Cannon, Ball...

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...

  • Pyote Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota 6 October 1921


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 06:04:21 TennyBelle Changes to place associations

added connection to Pyote AAF

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 / self; MACR 2899