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Hubert P Campney

Military

On 14 August 1944 in AC 42-97852, we were ordered to bomb the electrical plant at Mannheim. There was not room for the parachute to be attached to the harness in the ball turret. I had always pushed my chute into an area just large enough to hold the chute and keep it from being thrown around the waist of a B-17. When our plane was hit by flak just before 'bombs away,' there was a violent movement of plane. The co-pilot was able to gain control and keep us from striking another plane. My chute was thrown loose in the waist. All control of the plane was broken when the co-pilot righted the plane. No electrical power so I needed to crank my turret by hand to get out. My chute could not be found. I finally spotted my chute near the open door, got it before it rolled out and made a jump for it. Landed safely. Prisoner of War (POW).

Presidential Unit Citation/ Good Conduct Medal/ Liberty Medal/ PH/ POW Medal/ American Defense Medal/ ETO Ribbon/ WW II Victory Medal

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  • Lester Gaulin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Strausburg on 8/14/44 in B-17 #4297852 POW

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97852

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/5/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 14/8/44 with Bill Stiles, Navigator: John Madiera, Bombardier: Chas Keck (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Joe Lojewski,...

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Event Location Date
Born Emmetsburg, IA 50536, USA
Prisoner of war France 14 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 10:13:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia.

Corrections to biographical errors.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8425 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 8425

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