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Penrose W Reagan

Military

INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092. While interned in Switzerland, Penrose (Ray) Reagan was selected to star in the movie "The Last Chance" (1945) directed by Leopold Lindtberg. This movie won the Grand Prize (The Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival. Credited as Ray Reagan, he played the part of Sgt Jim Braddock. The director wanted to use real POW servicemen for all 3 lead parts.

Service

People

  • Angelo Virgona

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 35 missions. Angelo passed away on 11/28/19 at the age of 98. He was very proud of his service and went to the Mighty Eighth Museum in GA several times. It wasn't until after he passed and going through his effects that we learned that he...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107092

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Interned (INT) Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 00:43:47 Bill Buskey Changes to biography
Sources

IMDb and information provided by his fellow crew mate and my father in law, Angelo Virgona.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7825 / MACR 7825, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=3059 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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