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Jack E McIlraith

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Jack McIlraith served as a waist gunner with the 339th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group. Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW) at Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12. Flew on Harold Eye crew.

Service

People

  • Leland Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: PH.

  • Leroy Chamberlain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Chase

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Eye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: PH.

  • William Latta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin in B-17 42-102482. Shot down, crashed west of Wolfenbuettal, Germany. 8-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4575 Awards: PH.

  • Joseph McElroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • W Parnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Pierson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102482. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Thinnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102482, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-102482

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Harry Eye, Co-pilot: Leland Baker, Ball turret gunner: Bill Latta[died of wounds in hospital] (3 Killed in...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wausau, WI, USA 2 December 1921
Lived in Marathon County, WI, USA January 1941
Enlisted Wausau, WI, USA 15 January 1941
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 May 1944 – 29 April 1945
Died Hurst, TX, USA 21 June 1997
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55450, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 21:23:21 mmc14 Changes to person associations
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added connections to fellow crew members

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 21:18:12 mmc14 Changes to person associations
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added connections to fellow crew members

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 21:12:25 mmc14 Changes to person associations
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added connections to fellow crew members

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2017 14:29:28 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4575, NARA; Snetterton Falcons, pg 134

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 22:22:44 mmc14 Changes to highest rank
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29 October 2015 20:01:03 mmc14 Changes to place associations
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12 October 2014 23:18:12 mmc14 Changes to events
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12 October 2014 23:08:14 mmc14 Changes to events
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12 October 2014 23:01:09 mmc14 Changes to awards
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Date Contributor Update
12 October 2014 21:21:51 Lucy May Changes to surname, middlename and place associations
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As told to me by Jack McIlraith's son, Mike McIlraith, at the 8th Air Force Historical Reunion at Nashville, TN, in October 2014.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:49 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 4575 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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