Experiences (Memorable missions or events, impressions, etc. ) - Joined the Army Air Corp (34th Bomb Group) in 1942 in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Flew as navigator on B-24s and later, B-17s over Germany.
Was shot down on 17 October 1944 in B-17 #4338353 over Germany and spent the last 8 months of the war in Prisoner of War (POW) camp, liberated by General Patton's 14th Armored Division in April, 1945.
Stayed in the Air Force Reserve (9626th Reserve Squadron) for 19 years. Compiled and edited a quarterly newletter called 'Mendlesham Memories', which recounted the stories of the brave souls who fought in the 34th Bomb Group during WWII.
Units served with
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 24/7/44; Hunter 4/8/44; Grenier 14/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/8/44; Missing in Action Cologne 17/10/44 with Capt Walt McAllister, Co-pilot: Andy Champion, Navigator: Eli Baldea, Bombardier: George Ritchie, tog-Joe Domino,...
Military site : airfield
Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.
||Indiana Harbor, Indiana
||28 February 1924
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||17 October 1944 – 1945
||20 August 2002
||Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana