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Colman Roth Asher

Military

Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Killed in Action (KIA). "On the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all seemed to be okay, when suddenly his airplane blew up in midair. The parachutes, without the crew men floated down through the air like autumn leaves. It was a sickening sight, because we knew that the poor devils were falling to earth without a chance to survive". This is a statement from a book by Gen. J. Kemp McLaughlin, a leader of the 92nd BG in WW II.

Service

People

  • John Chapman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • George Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • James Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • George Maerki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010, Killed in Action (KIA). "On the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • Otto Pfannebecker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harvey Plyler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harvey Protzman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Killed in Action (KIA). on the mission to Stuttgart, Lt. Asher called for permission to pull out of the formation to check a smoke problem in his bomb bay. He slid to his left about 300 feet and all...

  • William Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30010. Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was among the 19 evaders (2 from the RAF, 11 from the USAAF and 6 from the Royal Navy) who boarded a Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat ...

  • James Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230010. Evaded.

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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

  • 42-30010

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/3/43; Smoky Hill 4/4/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X] Alconbury 25/4/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Coleman Asher, Co-pilot: Harvey Protzman, Navigator: George Francis, Bombardier: John Chapman, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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 Houston, Texas
Died 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 13:26:17 ED-BB Changes to surname, biography and person associations
Sources

It's Asher...
MACR 739

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 13:08:26 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 739

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