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Frank L Sears Jr

Military

While serving as Radio Operator on B-17F #41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

Service

Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10 RTD. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born

1918 Jefferson County, Alabama

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2020 20:29:47 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 20:20:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Edited biography to add crew position.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 17:10:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII Enlistment Records; Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37

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