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Lester Exelberth


Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30454 'Reluctant Dragon', Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB.



Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-30454

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/43; Smoky Hill 14/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-B] Rougham 7/7/43; Missing in Action Emden 9/27/43 with Pilot: John Thalman (Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 27 September 1943


Date Contributor Update
09 September 2021 01:13:33 MelissaEx Changes to highest rank, biography and place associations

On my fathers separation papers it has his highest rank as Master Sergeant (M/Sgt). I also added Stalag 17b in connections. He was a POW there for a year and a half. - Melissa Exelberth

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2021 20:32:53 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 733 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database