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Joseph Gerard Keenan

Military

Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Paul Dickerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Frost

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Back in England by air 15 September 1944.

  • Richard Kindig

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. See the full story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fkindigrj.html.

  • Andrew Marcin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Hidden in Belgium until the liberation of Liège by American troops at the beginning of September 1944. See the pages for his pilot Charles...

  • Raymond McCarthy

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2130.

  • Leo McLaughlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). Helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Last hidden in secret camps in the Belgian Ardennes. Liberated by US troops on 1 September 1944 in Belgium and back in England by air 3...

  • Robert Sasse

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD)

  • Eugene Szulczewski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 May 1944 in B-17 #42-37864. Evaded (EVD). After landing near Rekem, just inside Belgium, West of Maastricht (The Netherlands), he was hidden there then guided to the Liège, Belgium area and liberated there by US troops in the first half of...

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37864 Marty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Harvard 29/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-K] Rattlesden 21/11/43. Assigned Aircraft of the Flemming Crew until their tour was completed in early May 1944. Missing in Action on the 20 May 1944 mission to Brussels. Pilot...

Missions

  • 359

    20 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York City, New York 17 October 1921
Lived in 1942

North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania (student at St Marys College)

Enlisted 26 February 1943

Nashville Air Corps Facilities, Nashville, Tennessee

Bailed out 20 May 1944

of B-17 #42-37864 over Holland, landed in Belgium

Prisoner of War (POW) 20 May 1944 – May 1945

captured, interned at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Liberated by US troops at Stalag 7A Moosburg, Germany

Died 16 July 2007

West Islip, New York

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2020 12:28:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4938
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4938

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