Names of pictured POWs from Swissvale PA. Johnnie Euwer, Ed Thorne, Jimmy Schroeder, Parker Finney
Swissvale, PA POWs at Stalag VII
Parker Finney's POW diary. Miscellaneous pages at the back list names, events, food that they wanted to eat, and places that he heard about that he wanted to visit. This was probably written on and off from Aug 1944 to Apr 1945.
Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). Remained POW until liberation 1945. Dad was NOT repatriated as stated in the Flak Alley (Capt. Bell) bio. George Hall, bombardier was repatriated with both eyes damaged. Hall's life was saved by my father (he donned chute, assisted out).
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Joined the 44th on 31-Jan-44 and was shot down 3 weeks later. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach on a mission to an A/C factory at Gotha on 24-Feb-44 in B-24D 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW)....
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943.
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...
24 February 1944
BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...
||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
||29 July 1920
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||24 February 1944
Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #4124225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW).