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Garland L East

Military

Force landed in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich. 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW).
Command pilot Major Chester Hackett Jr refused to bale out, once it became clear that 1st Lt East's chute was damaged [by flak] and so force landed in enemy territory.

Awards: POW, 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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28779

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar. ...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Atlanta, GA, USA 27 September 1920
Lived in Atlanta, Georgia, USA 1941
Enlisted Atlanta, GA, USA 17 July 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Force landed Alt Käbelich, 17349 Lindetal, Germany 20 June 1944

Force landed in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich. 20-Jun-44. POW.

Died Atlanta, GA, USA 10 December 1995

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2018 15:53:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Correction of B-24 nickname - Arthur Suppona Via Nate Bosley

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2016 15:33:53 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991747
https://www.fold3.com/page/84017041_garland_l%20east/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6533 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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