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Cornelius Andrew Engel

Military

Volunteer Pilot of B-17 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on "Aphrodite" flying bomb mission to Mimoyecques, France. Bailed out safely of A/C over UK.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

Aircraft

  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 9 June 1921

Son of Andrew and Johanna Engel.

Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 30 June 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Aphrodite Mission Mimoyecques, 62250, France 4 August 1944

Pilot of B-17 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on flying bomb mission to Mimoyecques, France. Baled out of A/C over UK.

Died Michigan, USA 1 April 1969
Buried Hastings, MI 49058, USA 5 April 1969

Yankee Springs Cemetery
Hastings, Barry County
Michigan, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 13:26:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/96325106
https://www.fold3.com/image/657100377
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54025978

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 02:46:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 14:19:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54025978
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1944/09/24/page/57/article/fortress-p...

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 14:17:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54025978
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1944/09/24/page/57/article/fortress-p...

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