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Austin Julius Mack

Military

Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97787. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #5173

Austin J. Mack, Bombardier, was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943, James B. Tayor Crew.
He did not fly any combat missions with the 384th Bomb Group.

Although clearly assigned to the 384th BG on 5 December 1943, this crewmember began flying combat missions with the 303rd BG on-or-about 14 December, and never appeared on any 384th BG combat rosters. The pilot's son reports: 'My Dad and his crew had arrived at the 384th from the CCRC, and were promptly sent to the 303rd. This occurred after the CCRC had received an urgent call from Major Mel Schulstad for replacement pilots/crews for the 303rd following heavy losses during missions.'

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC, PH.

Service

People

  • Leslie Schweinebraten

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97787. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #5173

  • James Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    2LT James B. Taylor, 1091, Pilot, was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #160 dated 5 December 1943 as crew pilot. HE did not fly any combat missions with the 384th bomb Group. ...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97787

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/2/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 22/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Joe Worthley, Co-pilot: Alf Clumpner, Navigator: Carroll Binder{body discovered and buried 21/4/50},...

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...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salem, Oregon, USA 2 June 1916

Forrest John and Dena [Roy] Mack.

Enlisted 16 July 1942
Training - Bombardier 22 February 1943

Bombardier training started 22-Feb-43.

Based Grafton Underwood November 1943 – 18 December 1943

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Molesworth, UK 18 December 1943 – 24 May 1944

Transferred from the 384th Bomb Group to the 303rd Bomb Group per 1st Air Division Special Orders #94 dated 18 December 1943.

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 24 May 1944
Buried River View Cemetery, Portland, OR 1948

Re-interred
River View Cemetery,
Portland, Oregon

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:25:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 20:15:51 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70251488/austin-julius-mack

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 19:56:16 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
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Key Image ID.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70251488/austin-julius-mack

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2018 18:59:28 bombercommand Changes to biography and events
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1st Air Division Special Orders #94 dated 18 December 1943.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 13:58:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2395

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5173 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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