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Bertram Robert Theiss

Military

Bertram Theiss was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943 over France. Evaded.

Service

People

  • Ralph Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Bruce managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance. He was first hidden by Frenchman Lucian Barbillon, his wife and son Gabriel, in Lucian Barbillon's house in Trilbardou, France. Bruce...

  • Hedley Cassidy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Mike Fleszar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Regis McDonell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Simeon McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Simeon McGuire was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sabron McQueen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Robert Muir

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Robert Muir was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29725 "Hi-Lo Jack", shot down over France on the 3 September 1943 mission to Romilly-Sur-Seine (Paris). Robert managed to evade capture with the help of many French citizens and members of the Résistance,...

  • David Prosser

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded. He arrived back in England 18 Dec 1943.

  • Milton Seldin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29725 Hi-Lo Jack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-G] Bassingbourn 10/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-U] Alconbury 30/7/43...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 10 October 1917

Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States

Lived in Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States 1941
Enlisted 14 January 1941

Syracuse, New York

Evaded France 3 September 1943 – 10 November 1943

Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance. Clothed, fed, hidden, transported, from the Meaux area to the South of France. Crossed into Spain over the Pyrénées mountains on 27 October 1913. Reached Gibraltar on 10 November and was flown back to England from there, arriving on 20 November 1943.

Shot down 3 September 1943

over France in B-17 Serial 42-29725

Died 9 April 2009

Camillus, Onondaga County, New York

Buried

Bertram Theiss rests at the Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Fleming, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 10:10:58 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 659, wrongly classified under "42-9725" at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/90894817
NARA WWII Air Force Award cards
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 218 on-line at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5554858
Correspondence with son Thomas

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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