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Frank Mitchell

Military

Frank Mitchell was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39781, shot down on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen, Germany. Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was fed, clothed, sheltered and transported in Lille, Tourcoing, Paris, Bordeaux, Dax in the South of France. He was helped across the Pyrénées mountains and arrived in Spain on 20 April 1944. Guided to Gibraltar, which he reached on 29 May. Left Gibraltar by air on 1 June 1944, landing the same day in Bristol, UK. See his Escape & Evasion report E&E 700 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555340 (NARA). He served also in Korea and ended his Air Force career with the rank of Major.

Service

People

  • Gordon Ballagh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW). An interview of Gordon Ballagh can be heard at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.19979/sr0001001.stream

  • Millard Boren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leonard Dahnke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Bailed out of his damaged plane south of Lille, France. (Missing Air Crew Report 1325). Evaded capture until 8 Jan 1944. Was arrested by the Gestapo at the Lille train station together with Sgt. Sherman G....

  • Ben Day

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Luke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ira Walter

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    From page 119 of the book “Air Forces Escape & Evasion Society” – Turner Publishing Cy, Paducah, KY - 1992 : ...

  • Robert Washburn

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Sherman Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elwood Yeakel

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-39781, Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39781 Career Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU- ] Molesworth 18/10/43. Flew on 4 missions. Missing in Action on the raid to Solingen, Germany 1 December 1943 with Pilot George W. Luke Jr, Navigator: Gordon A. Ballagh, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Old Concord, Pennsylvania, USA 1 April 1924
Lived in 1942

Old Concord, Pennsylvania, USA

Evaded 1 December 1943 – 1 June 1944
Died 8 January 1994
Buried

Frank Mitchell rests at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 08:54:34 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media and chose key image

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 14:09:32 ED-BB Changes to highest rank, biography and events
Sources

MACR 1325
Escape & Evasion report - E&E 700 (NARA)
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2020 09:21:48 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1325

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1325 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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