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Herbert Carlson


Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-38012 while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Witzenhausen, Germany.

Herbert Carlson was shot down on 16th August 1944, imprisoned at Stalag Luft 111 and took part in the harrowing evacuation of the camp on 28th January at the Russians approached. Carlson kept a diary of the eleven day march west to Mooseberg. 'In a blizzard of snow and sub-freezing weather....the guards had orders to shoot any prisoner who fell out...on the 29th we arrived at Moskan, our ration for this 28kms was 1 loaf of bread for 10 men' On the 31st they were locked into boxcars on a train - 50 men to a car - for the seven day rail journey; their ration for that period one can of meat and one loaf of bread between four men. They were all very glad to reach their new camp Stalag Luft V11-A.



Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 43-38012

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 43-38012 was delivered Cheyenne 15-Jun-44; Kearney 27-Jun-44; Dow Fd 9-Jul-44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-L] Bassingbourn 23-Jul-44. Attacked on 16-Aug-44 by German fighters while on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Connersville, Indiana, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 16 August 1944 – 25 February 1946

Held at Stalag 7A, Mooseburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 25-Feb-46. Late RMC date may indicated that he was in hospital when the war ended.


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 11:16:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and place associations

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Herbert Carlson.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 22:17:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SN per MACR 8180, Added camp and map location to POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII Database; made connections to Decoration, Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & john A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database