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Joseph Forman Meacham

Military

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD
Failed to Return (FTR) Friedrichshafen 24-Apr-44 in B-17 42-97620; flak hit on return, A/C abandoned, crashed Reichsthal, Germany Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4164

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • George Blackburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Chapman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Danny Crist

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 42-97620. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft 3. Liberated 29 April 1945. Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Gibson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97620, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Marling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth McVittie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Mcvittie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Richard Murdock

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator | 96th Bomb Group

  • William Watson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30188 'Cat’s Sass' 'Temptation'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-S] Snetterton 12/6/43 KATS SASS II; lost engine on take off for Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Joe Meacham, Co-pilot: Gene Aldridge, Navigator: Rich Murdoch,...

  • 42-97620

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; Grenier 4/3/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ- ] Snetterton 7/3/44; Missing in Action Friedrichshafen 24/4/44 with Capt Joe Meacham, Co-pilot: Henry Gibson, Navigator: Capt Dan Crist (338BS), Ex-nav-Ken McVitie,...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, New York, USA 6 February 1917
Enlisted Syracuse, NY 5 February 1941

Syracuse New York

Based Snetterton Heath 1944 – 24 April 1944

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 24 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out POW Reichsthal, Germany 24 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Friedrichshafen 24-Apr-44 in B-17 42-97620; flak hit on return, A/C abandoned, crashed Reichsthal, Germany POW MACR 4164

Died Saint Petersburg, FL 25 June 1975
Buried Onondaga Valley Cemetery Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY 28 June 1975

Onondaga Valley Cemetery
Syracuse,
Onondaga County, NY

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 19:08:41 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28651215
https://www.fold3.com/record/8645775-joseph-meachem
https://www.fold3.com/record/85929936-joseph-f-meachem
https://www.fold3.com/record/625505227-joseph-meachem-1917
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67099249/joseph-forman-meachem

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 15:03:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28651215
https://www.fold3.com/record/8645775-joseph-meachem
https://www.fold3.com/record/85929936-joseph-f-meachem
https://www.fold3.com/record/625505227-joseph-meachem-1917
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67099249/joseph-forman-meachem

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4164 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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