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Milton Eugene Castleman

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

Service

People

  • Herbert Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 7 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Fitch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 7 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Severely wounded in leg on his final mission; bailed out; treated in German hospital but died after surgery. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • John Hardman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 6 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Hepp

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Milton Castleman crew. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402. Shot down Rethwischfeld, Germany 22-May-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 ...

  • Jack Hickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402 22-May-44; dropped out of formation, went into spin. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Markiewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). Mission was to Kiel. Re-enlisted with the Counter Intelligence Corp in Spet 45 thru 48 POW

  • Ronald Merkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 #42102402. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Stevens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 #42102402. 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 11/3/44; Bangor 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 4/4/44; Missing in Action Kiel 22/5/44 with Milton Castleman, Co-pilot: Jack Hickey, Navigator: Gene Hepp, Bombardier: Ron Merkley, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chickasha, OK 18 February 1919

Son of Mattie Castleman.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 1 August 1941

Peoria, Illinois

Based Grafton Underwood January 1944 – 22 May 1944

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

Baled out POW 22 May 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 22 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Gulfport, MS 16 November 2004
Buried Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, MS 19 November 2004

Biloxi National Cemetery
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2020 10:31:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28652702
https://www.fold3.com/image/655227514
https://www.fold3.com/record/84346008-milton-e-castleman
https://www.fold3.com/record/42954466-milton-e-castleman
https://www.fold3.com/record/717528830-castleman-milton-e
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=658
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186068164/milton-e-castleman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4954 / MACR 4954, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=c... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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