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Ira J Bias Jr


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Baasem, Germany on 8 January 1945 in B-17 'Fightin Hebe' #42-98000, MACR 11579.


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-98000 FIGHTIN' HEBE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/4/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 15/7/44; on mission 27/9/44 with Raymond Gabel (8 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Rich Lovegren (Killed in Action); Missing in Action Kyllburg, Ger 8/1...


  • 787

    8 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born West Hamlin, West Virginia 1919
Enlisted Newport, KY, USA 13 February 1942

Residence: Lincoln County, West Virginia
Private, Branch Immaterial

Assigned 26 September 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #190 dated 26 September 1944, John DeFrancesco Crew, 29 combat missions.

Prisoner of War Germany 8 January 1945 – May 1945

POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11.


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 15:17:52 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
NARA Enlisted Data Base

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11579,