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Parker Ward Finney

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go

POW

Service

People

  • Brown Bralley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Left Waist Gunner; Nose Gunner, Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    He flew on W. G. Rozzell's crew. Flew on B-17 'Rosie's Sweat Box'. Completed 31 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 "Down N' Go" #42-102394. He was shot...

  • John Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Missions: 1944 - Jul 31 Munich; Aug 1 Chartres; 3 Strasbourg; 4 Aliclam; 9 Luxembourg; 14 Haguenau; 25 Peenemunde; Sep 11 Merseburg; 17 Gordesbeek; 19 Hamm; 28 Magdeburg; Oct 3 Nurnberg; 14 Cologne; 15 Cologne; 17 Cologne; 19 Mannheim; Nov 25 Merseburg...

  • Joseph Denaro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Member of Stover crew

  • William Duling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 According to Parker Finney's records shot down one Fock-Wulf on the last mission before the crew had to bail out.

  • Golden Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394

  • Burton Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394

  • Virgil Price

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Down N' Go' #42-102394

  • Dale Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator and bombadier | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 POW

  • Edward Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 "Down N' Go" #42-102394, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Woodrow Snyder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/ Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 ...

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102394 Down N' Go

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 15/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Parker Finney, Co-pilot: Virgil Price, Navigator: Dale Scott, tog-Brown Bralley, Waist gunner: Burton...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force

    24 August 1944
    Down N Go participated in mission number 132 which was a bombing mission over Weimar.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Youngstown, OH, USA 23 January 1921
Flight Training Spring 1944 1 May 1944

Flight training with most of the same crew that went on the last flight. In those days they tried to keep the crew together all of the way through training and when they went overseas. Other names in the 1944 picture are Snyder, Miller, Duling, Campbell, Smith, Hill, Brown, Price and Scott.

Lived in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 31 July 1981

Grew up in Swissvale, PA. Went to Penn State. Joined in 43. Returned to Pittsburgh, PA after the war and lived in Edgewood, PA. Died July 31, 1981 in Phoenix AZ

Died Phoenix, AZ, USA 31 July 1981

Retired and was on a road trip across country. Died of a heart attack.

Buried Slippery Rock, PA 16057, USA 10 August 1981

Cremated. Ashes scattered at his cottage in Slippery Rock, PA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 23:05:44 cfinney Changes to media associations
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From Parker Finney's POW Diary.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 22:56:48 cfinney Changes to place associations
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From Parker Finney's POW diary. Stalag III, Sagan Germany August 30 1944 to Jan 27 1945.
Stamlager VIIA Moosberg Germany February 3 1945 to May 9 1945.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 06:37:07 cfinney Changes to media associations
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Parker Finney's POW diary.

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 07:33:10 cfinney Changes to media associations
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From my dad's collection.

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2018 08:04:36 cfinney Changes to media associations
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From my dad's files

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2018 07:20:08 cfinney Changes to person associations
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According to my dad: "...crew list shows a Lt. J.D. Brown in my crew. John was originally my navigator, but because he was a good navigator, he was taken from me and assigned to a lead crew. He was not flying with me the day I was shot down and he did finish his missions."

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:27:01 cfinney Changes to awards
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From his son.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:25:29 cfinney Changes to events
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From his son.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:18:01 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From Parker Finney's records

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:13:33 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From Parker Finney's son.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:10:19 cfinney Changes to media associations
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His son.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:05:59 cfinney Changes to media associations
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From his son.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:00:24 cfinney Changes to media associations
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His son.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 07:25:04 cfinney Changes to events
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From his son.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 07:22:36 cfinney Changes to unit associations
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Existing documentation

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 07:20:54 cfinney Changes to nickname
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From his son.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2017 03:30:40 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From my father's (Parker Finney) records.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 19:31:23 cfinney Changes to person associations
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Sgt W. J. Duling was the tail gunner on my father's (Parker Finney) last mission. From my dad's records: "My tail gunner, Sgt. Duling, did advise me later on the ground that he had destroyed at least one of the Fock-Wulfes that blew up as it was approaching his tail. This was later confirmed for me by a fellow member of the 614th Bomb Squadron who was shot down months later and advised me that he had watched me go down and had seen the destruction of the one aircraft. So far as I know, no official note of this was made in Army records."

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 05:32:32 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From my father's (Parker Finney) records.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 03:47:57 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From my father's (Parker Finney) file. In his records his listed as F/O which I believe is flight officer. Middle initial I believe is G.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 03:41:49 cfinney Changes to awards
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Found in a letter from my father. The Air Medal was sent to his wife in March of 1945. At that time he was in prison camp since he was shot down on Aug 24, 1944.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 02:26:46 cfinney Changes to events
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From son.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 02:17:26 cfinney Changes to highest rank
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From son. According to my dad he was promoted to First Lieutenant the day prior to his last flight but did not know it.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 02:11:19 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From son of Parker Finney, pilot of last flight for Flight Officer Dale Scott. Scott was a bombardier but was at the navigator's table because of a shortage of men in that trade.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 01:56:04 cfinney Changes to person associations
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From son of Parker Finney who was the pilot on Hill's last mission

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 01:39:49 cfinney Changes to middlename
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Son.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 01:27:59 cfinney Changes to service number
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Son.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 01:26:28 cfinney Changes to events
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Son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8202 / MACR 8202, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=208 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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