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Harry Strader Culver Jr

Military

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288. Interned (INT). MACR 13150.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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  • William Arntsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship', Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cornell Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288, Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin DiGiacomo

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Hovis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Toggelier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Harry S Culver crew. 28 x combat missions. Wounded in knee aboard battle damaged B-17 42-97141 'Mary Jane II' on Soest mission 28-Jan-45, force landed continent. ...

  • Ferdinand Lancour

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 9-Dec-44 raid to Stuttgart aboard B-17 42-97141; “Sgt. Ferdinand A Lancour of the 325th Squadron, engineer of 2nd Lt Harry S Culver’s crew, displayed considerable courage in attempting to close open-and-jammed bomb...

  • Jack Schafer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship', Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Stevens

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship' Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ray Weislar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Samuel Yandian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry S Culver crewmember. 34 x combat missions, sat out his crews final mission [18-Mar-45], as he wanted to finish his 35 mission tour with his crewmates, their final mission led them to be interned in Sweden. ETD....

  • Ambrose Yarbro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288, Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: AM, 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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97141 'Mary Jane II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44; battle damaged Soest with Lt Culver 28/1/45, lost 2 engines, force landed continent, T/Sgt Howard B Hovis (WIA) 9 x RTD, 1 x WIA; Salvaged 9/3...

  • 42-97288 'Flagship'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-U] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Harry Culver, Cornell Christensen, Bill...

Missions

  • 743

    9 December 1944

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chickasha, OK 19 August 1922

Son of Harry S and Opal Victoria [Strader] Culver.

Based Podington 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Malmo, Sweden 18 March 1945

Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150

Died Oklahoma City, OK 13 February 2005
Buried Resurrection Memorial Cemetery Oklahoma City, OK 16 February 2005

Resurrection Memorial Cemetery
Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 09:26:29 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69418128/harry-strader-culver

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2021 20:10:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2019 21:38:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072
https://www.fold3.com/record/57601026-harry-culver
https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072?terms=42-97288
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69418128/harry-strader-culver

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 17:48:57 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072
https://www.fold3.com/record/57601026-harry-culver
https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072?terms=42-97288
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69418128/harry-strader-culver

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2019 17:46:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072
https://www.fold3.com/record/57601026-harry-culver
https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072?terms=42-97288
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69418128/harry-strader-culver

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13150 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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