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Marshall D Draper Jr


Became the first member of the 8th AAF to become a Prisoner of War (POW). Flying July 4, 1942 the 15th BS Boston III AL677 MQ-P (a RAF training plane borrowed for the unit until US planes arrived) was shot down by flak and crashed on sandbar opposite DeKooij af, Island of Texel, Holland. 15th BG was a liaison squadron. Draper was the only one of 4 crew members to survive the crash.


Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • AL677

    A-20 Havoc
    Aircraft was originally part of the complement of 226 Squadron RAF but given over to 15th Bombardment Squadron to be flown by an American crew. The aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed on Texel Island, Holland while on a mission to...



Event Location Date
Born 28 August 1918
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 4 July 1942 – 24 July 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria, Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 24-Jul-45.

Buried Riverside, CA, USA 2008

Riverside National Cemetery

Died 19 February 2008


Date Contributor Update
15 February 2018 14:38:45 jmoore43 Changes to suffix and events

Added birth, death and burial information from and Finda-A-Grave memorial # 47961300.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 19:59:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 20