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Charles B Cruikshank

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Bixler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • August Gaspar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Graham

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Murphy

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Wounded in Action on 10 October 1943, when his aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress 42-30725 nicknamed "AW-R-Go" was shot down on a mission over Munster. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III, Sagan; Stalag VIIA, Moosburg (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse...

  • Orlando Vincenti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1028 Awards: PH.

  • Leonard Weeks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30725 'Aw-R-Go'; shot down 10-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1028 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30066 'Mugwump' aka 'Rum Boogie II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Gore 14/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-X] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; RUM BOOGIE II; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; as war weary F...

  • 42-30725 'AW-R-GO'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Love Fd 7/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Capt Chas Cruikshank, Co-pilot: Glen Graham, Navigator: Capt Frank Murphy, Bombardier...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Massachussetts 12 February 1917
Enlisted Boston, MA 18 December 1941

Boston, Massachusetts

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 10 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VIIa.

Discharged USAF 30 November 1961

Honourable discharge.

Died Deerfield, NH 2 May 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2020 18:39:49 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28604638
https://www.fold3.com/record/83374660-charles-b-cruikshank
https://www.fold3.com/record/111251728-charles-b-cruikshank
https://www.fold3.com/record/625343231-charles-cruikshank-1917
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52244027/charles-%22chuck%22-cruikshank
Removed # from A/C serial to aid clarity and consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:11:41 jmoore43 Changes to awards
Sources

Added the award mentioned in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 22:10:40 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability. Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001; MACR 1028 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1028 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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