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Eugene Francis Schmitt

Military

Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).
(There were 2 Eugene Schmitts in the 710th BS - the other one was killed in February 1944 and had lived in Galva, IL)

Service

People

  • Anthony Carnesi

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Virgil Ethridge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Vladimir Mateyka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Keith Mc Call

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Laverne Pratt

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • John Simpson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Louis Sobolof (Post-war : Sobol)

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

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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...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37821 Red Hot Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 4/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; 710BG. Missing in Action Berlin 6 October 1944 with Pilot Vladimir A. Mateyka, Co-Pilot Keith W. Mc Call, Navigator Louis Sobolof, Bombardier Virgil W...

Missions

  • 667

    6 October 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...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 24 September 1924

Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota

Lived in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota December 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) 6 October 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 4. NARA WW II POW record : “Returned to Military Control 6 March 1946. (sic)”

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 15:25:03 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

MACR 9779
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 15:27:54 ED-BB Changes to middlename, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 9779

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 16:26:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 12:14:09 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank and place associations
Sources

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=111837

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 12:03:04 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2532 / MACR 2532, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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