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Louis Joseph Trosclair

Military

Prisoner of War (POW). He was the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. Taken prisoner, he was held at Stalag Luft IV in Gross Tychow, Prussia (Tychowo, Poland).

Service

People

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Captain | Observer | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...

  • William Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511 on 9/5/44

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Frazee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Was Pilot of B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. MACR 8599.

  • Curtis Hodges

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed Near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Raymond Keller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

  • Maynard Latten

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Theodore Rachel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surbug in B-24 #4250511

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-50511

    B-24 Liberator
    This plane was piloted by Lt Frazee and co-pilot Captain Edward Appel on its last mission on 5 September 1944. Its target was the Marshalling yards near Karlsruhe. It was flying deputy lead and on formation instruments nearly all the way. Just before...

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 24 January 1922

Louisiana

Lived in 1942

Thibodaux, La Fourche County, Lousiana

Enlisted 13 October 1942

New Orleans, Louisiana

Baled out 5 September 1944

over Alsace, France, from B-24 42-50511

Landed in parachute 5 September 1944

north-east of Haguenau, France

Prisoner of War 5 September 1944 – 1945

Interned in Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military Control : 27 February 1946."

Died 7 May 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2018 16:18:24 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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Added connection to Rachel and Beasley, also on board

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2018 15:32:17 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
Veterans Affairs BIRLS File
MACR 8599

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 22:24:10 ditchturtle Changes to biography
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family

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2016 23:58:57 ditchturtle Changes to biography
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Family

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2016 23:49:05 ditchturtle Changes to service number
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Family

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2016 23:47:21 ditchturtle Changes to surname
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Family

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8599 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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