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Myron F Boerschinger

Military

My Dad was a quiet, kind-hearted man who talked little about his service as he wished to put it in the past, but was a very proud American who loved his country. He flew 19 missions with the 392nd BG until February, 1944 when the crew as transferred to the 389th BG to serve as a Path Finder Force crew. They flew 8 missions as PFF with the 389th BG between 22 March 1944 until his plane, B-24 41-28676, was shot down 29 April 1944 on a bombing mission to Berlin. The story of the crew was memorialized in German by Jens Schaper, who witnessed the crash as a young German boy in Papsen near Siedenburg, Germany, and translated by Robert H. Franke. My Father together with the rest of crew were taken prisoner and subsequently taken to Stalag XVII-B where they remained until the Forced March to Braunau, where they were finally liberated by American troops in June, 1945. He was finally discharged September 26, 1945 and returned to Dallas, Texas to his wife, my mother, Dorothy. My Dad worked with GM and vintage automobiles all of his life until he passed away at the young age of 59 in July, 1970. He was a wonderful person who endured many hardships in his life, including surviving smallpox, but would literally give you the shirt off of his back. He was my hero.

Awards: POW, Air Medal 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory, EAME 1 bronze star.

Service

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...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 579th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28676

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Attacked by 15 E/A over Bremen on return journey. Lost about 10ft of port wing with both port engines knocked out and a fire started in the bomb bay, crew baled out, with...

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born cecil, wisconsin 8 October 1911
Lived in Dallas, Texas, USA 1941
Based Hethel 1943 – 29 April 1944

Assigned 564BS, 389BG, 8AF.

Baled out Dümmer, Germany 29 April 1944

Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-28676. POW.

Stalag XVIIB krems austria 29 April 1944 – 7 June 1945

POW

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 09:55:26 Emily Changes to role and unit associations
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Brought together information from duplicate record. Further information from http://www.b-24.net/aircrew/bnames.html

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 18:25:04 barbaramoffett Changes to biography
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military records

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19 September 2019 15:45:02 barbaramoffett Changes to awards
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Military records

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19 September 2019 15:31:45 barbaramoffett Changes to media associations
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personal

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19 September 2019 15:24:43 barbaramoffett Changes to events
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Personal knowledge, military record

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19 September 2019 15:18:01 barbaramoffett Changes to awards
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military records

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 15:17:01 barbaramoffett Changes to biography
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Personal knowledge, military records, information from the 392nd BG historian

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19 September 2019 14:28:56 barbaramoffett Changes to events
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Military records

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 14:24:02 barbaramoffett Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Military records

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13 August 2016 15:17:30 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28653458

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 15:10:03 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28653458

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:26 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4494 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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