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Harry Goldstein

Military

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Benedict Borostowski

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Bush

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to...

  • Edwin Carmichael

    Military | Major | Navigator - Group Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Freihofer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15519 ...

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), "Shamrock Special" (42-29591), "Destiny's...

  • William King

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 #42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15519 ...

  • Bernard Knudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wesel in B-24 42-50709 ...

  • Eldon Lapp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15519. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Melchiondo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oscar O'Neill

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kings, New York 8 April 1916
Lived in Bronx, NY, USA 1940
Draft registration New York City, NY 16 October 1940

New York City, New York

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 17 April 1943

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems, Austria 17 April 1943 – 5 May 1945
Shot down Oldenburg, Germany 17 April 1943

Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety.

Died Santa Monica, California 17 January 1948
Buried Home of Peace Mausoleum, Los Angeles, California 20 January 1948

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 00:29:28 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/55636/TheFirstofMa...

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2020 09:29:10 Emily Changes to events
Sources

Details of death and burial listed in Death Certificate provided by Mindy Yochelson, cousin

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2020 10:21:17 Emily Changes to service number, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

Mindy Yochelson, cousin of Harry Goldstein identified that some of the information previously added pertained to a Harold Goldstein, rather than their relative: Harry.

Changed Biographical events as per information provided by Mindy, and supported by Draft Registration Card and POW Record

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 18:02:13 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349570
https://www.fold3.com/record/86605800-harold-goldstein

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 00:11:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 22:11:25 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32151287/?terms=42-5070

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15519 / MACR 15519, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 105, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar pp. 37-38 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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