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Herschel B Ellis


Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #425146. Prisoner of War (POW). Placed at Stalag Luft III then later moved to Stalag Luft VIIA in Mooseburg where he was liberated on April 29, 1945 by General George S. Patton.




  • Vito Pasquariello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Paris mission in B-17 42-5146; Shot down 4-Apr-43 Lery, France. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15543 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Rahner

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    In 1942, Rahner (pronounced "Rayner") enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained as a navigator on B-17s. Promoted Second Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 422nd Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), deploying to England and 8th...

  • Stanley Tucker

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radioman | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down over Les Andelys, France 4 April 1943 in B-17 #425146 (Chuck Wagon). Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag VII-A for approximately 6 months, then transferred to Stalag B17, where he spent 18 months until he was liberated . POW

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/10/42; Presque Is 28/11/42; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 7/12/42; Missing in Action Paris 4/4/43 with Herschel Ellis, Co-pilot: Gene Gwyer, Navigator: Ray Rahner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Malcolm Logan, Radio...


  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, TX 75571, USA 27 November 1916

Youngest of 2 boys and 5 girls. Grew up on a small Texas farm, his father farmed and worked for the Souther Cotton Belt Railroad, his mother a homemaker.

Prisoner of War (POW) France 4 April 1943 – 29 April 1945

Liberated by 14th Armoured Division at Stalag Luft VIIA (Moosberg, Germany). General George S. Patton

Died Vancouver, WA, USA 9 August 1995
Buried Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon 15 August 1995

Buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR


Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 22:28:00 cleveellis Changes to events

Son of H.B. Ellis

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 22:22:51 cleveellis Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Son of Herschel B. Ellis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:01 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15543 / MACR 15543, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p 99, National Gravesite locator / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database