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Oral Cecil Chippeaux

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Oral Chippeaux was Pilot of B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • James Castellano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    James Castellano was Navigator on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Thomas Cowan was Left Waist gunner on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Arlon Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Arlon Moore was Right Waist gunner on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Harold Schwartz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Harold Schwartz was Radio Operator on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Sloan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Robert Sloan was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Fern Steepleton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Fern Steepleton was Co-Pilot on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Adolphus Stine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Adolphus Stine was Tail Gunner on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Andrew Sutter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Andrew Sutter was Nose Turret gunner on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Conrad Werner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Conrad Werner was Bombardier on B-24 # 42-100372, shot down by fighters over Germany on the 25 December 1944 mission to Wahlen, Germany. Plane crashed near Règné, 10km SW of Vielsalm, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron
  • 734th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 761

    25 December 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 Croweburg, Crawford County, Kansas 19 February 1920
Enlisted 25 April 1942

Fort Riley, Kansas

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 25 December 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany, Returned to Military Control 14 June 1945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2020 13:38:53 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2020 12:30:39 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11681

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2019 14:27:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11681 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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