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96th BG 339th BS - Shot Down

8th Ar Force

 
 
Shot Down 7th Mission 29 Nov 1943 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. Shot Down 7th Mission 29 Nov 1943 Marker
Group Mission 56 Target : Bremen,Germany
Inscription.
96th BG   339th BS
Shot Down 7th Mission 29 Nov 1943
1st Lt  Linwood D Langley  P *    
2nd Lt  Berline Cipresso      CP * 
2nd Lt  Jessie E Orrison      N •    
2nd Lt Donald K Curtis        B *    
T/Sgt Walter F Reed             TT *  
T/Sgt Samuel S Amatulli      RO *  
S/Sgt Wilburt A Provost       BT *  
S/Sgt Edmund E Swedo      WG * 
S/Sgt Aderson M King         WG * 
S/Sgt Eugene P Moran         G •    
* KIA   • POW

•••

(Marker 2)

96th Bomb Group   339th Squadron
P   Coles Goodner
CP   Arthur Leu
N   James Lapp
B   Howard Dey
E   Lester Craft
R   Bernard Harman
WG   Roy McGinnis
BT   John Cheney
WG   Melvin Jackson
TG   Richard Ciurczak

Shot Down 10-14-43

      •••
(Marker 3)

96th Bomb Group   339th Squadron
P  Robert Z Grimes       E *
CP  Arthur C Pickett     KIA
N  James D McElroy    E *
B  Charles V Carlson  E *
E  Ted R Kellers            POW
R  Fred W McManus    KIA
WG  Harold T Sheets   E *
WG  Jerry C Nawracaj  KIA
BT  Robert W Metlen    E *
TG  George C Janser   KIA
                                    * Evadee
Shot Down In Belgium Oct. 20, 1943

 
Location.
Shot Down Marker 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. Shot Down Marker 2
Group Mission 48 Target : Schweinfurt, Germany - Black Thursday
32° 6.954′ N, 81° 14.242′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Click for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Merle C. Olmsted (here, next to this marker); World's Top Mustang Ace (here, next to this marker); 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) (here, next to this marker); Capt. Alfred L. Goodman (here, next to this marker); Silver Chief (here, next to this marker); "Stubborn Jean" (a few steps from this marker); To The War Time Mothers of America (a few steps from this marker); 1st Lt Harlan Leroy Cook (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Pooler.
 
Also see . . .  96th Bomb Group - Eighth Air Force Historical Society. Attacked shipyards, harbors, railroad yards, airdromes, oil refineries, aircraft factories, and other industrial targets in Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker 2 - Black Thursday
At dawn, on October
Shot Down 7th Mission 29 Nov 1943 Marker, indicated by white arrow image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
3. Shot Down 7th Mission 29 Nov 1943 Marker, indicated by white arrow
Red arrow indicates  Coles Goodner Crew (2nd Marker)
14, 1943, in foul weather, the 8th Army Air Force, also known as the Mighty 8th, dispatched 291 B-17 bombers to the town of Schweinfurt Germany,a flight of some 800 miles. Since this city was vital to the ball bearing industry, it was at the top of the list of strategic targets for the allied forces and had already received a first attack on August 17, 1943.
The bombers were initially protected by friendly fighter escort, which were forced to turn back about half way to the targets. Arriving at the target, the bombers were attacked by an estimated 1,100 enemy fighters firing cannon and large caliber rockets manned by the German Lufwaffenhelfer (LWH) or flak-helpers. The vicious attacks were continued and repulsed until the bombers reached the English Channel on the return flight to England.

The battle brought great loss to both sided. Sixty heavy bombers and 600 airmen perished. Many lost their
lives in the burning, badly damaged, crashed planes. Many became prisoners of war. Fifteen additional aircraft were so damaged they could never fly again.
    — Submitted July 29, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, World II
 
96th BG 339th BS - Shot Down Marker 3 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
4. 96th BG 339th BS - Shot Down Marker 3
Group Mission 49 Target : Duren, Germany
96th BG 339th BS - Shot Down Marker 3 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
5. 96th BG 339th BS - Shot Down Marker 3
96th BG Banner image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
6. 96th BG Banner
Shot Down Markers located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
7. Shot Down Markers located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
 
 
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