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The George W. Luke crew at Molesworth, 21 November 1943.
Standing, left to right :
Leonard L. Dahnke, Bombardier; Gordon A. Ballagh, Navigator; Frank Mitchell, Co-Pilot; George W. Luke Jr, Pilot. Front, from left to right : Elwood D. Yaekel, Left Waist gunner; Robert H. Washburn, Ball Turret gunner; Millard A. Boren, Engineer/Top Turret gunner; Sherman G. Wright, Right Waist gunner; Ira J. Walter, Tail gunner and Ben T. Day, Radio Operator. (Official USAAF photo – NARA)

Connections

People

  • Gordon Ballagh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW). An interview of Gordon Ballagh can be heard at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.19979/sr0001001.stream

  • Millard Boren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leonard Dahnke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Bailed out of his damaged plane south of Lille, France. (Missing Air Crew Report 1325). Evaded capture until 8 Jan 1944. Was arrested by the Gestapo at the Lille train station together with Sgt. Sherman G....

  • Ben Day

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Luke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Mitchell

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Frank Mitchell was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39781, shot down on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen, Germany. Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was fed, clothed, sheltered and transported in Lille, Tourcoing, Paris, Bordeaux,...

  • Ira Walter

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    From page 119 of the book “Air Forces Escape & Evasion Society” – Turner Publishing Cy, Paducah, KY - 1992 : ...

  • Robert Washburn

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Sherman Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elwood Yeakel

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781, Prisoner of War (POW).

Aircraft

  • 42-39781 Career Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU- ] Molesworth 18/10/43. Flew on 4 missions. Missing in Action on the raid to Solingen, Germany 1 December 1943 with Pilot George W. Luke Jr, Navigator: Gordon A. Ballagh, Bombardier:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 08:35:31 ED-BB Created entry with caption and aircraft associations
Sources

Official USAAF photo – NARA

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