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Martin Stephen Orsan

Military

May have transferred to the 490th BG.

Service

People

  • George Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17 42-30793 (mission navigation support) on Aphrodite [remote controlled flying bomb] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-8-44.

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron
  • 848th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-30195 Blind Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; [66m] crashed on take off for Bohlen oil depot 7/10/44 with Harry Resch, Co-pilot: Jim Fraser, Navigator: George Miner,...

  • 42-30851 Little Boy Blue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [H] Knettishall 8/9/43; on assembly for Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Walt Malaniak, Co-pilot: Aaron Brinkoeter, Navigator: Leo Ramos, Bombardier: Amos Force, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-31393

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [N] Knettishall 14/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Don Walker (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Claud Patat, Navigator: Bill Underwood, Bombardier: Jack Terry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-32004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 9/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Joe Patrick, Bombardier: Andy Vuksta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rick Rarick, Radio Operator: Erroll Bingham,...

  • 42-38187

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [D] Knettishall 9/2/44; damaged by Luftwaffe at Poltava, Rus, with Lt Malaniak 21/4/44; repaired & ret to base; retUS 4100 BU Patterson 23/3/45; Recl Comp 2/5/46.

  • 42-39842 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; sal 9AF Germany 19/9/45.

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 23 September 1918
Enlisted Chicago, IL 7 March 1941
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 20 March 1944 – 19 May 1944

210 combat missions

Died 20 August 1991
Buried Chicago, IL 23 August 1991

Montrose Cemetery
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 10:29:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 21:10:48 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/185302130/martin-s_-orsan
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2545&h=1403234&...

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=8338549&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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