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Frank F Perez

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb where he suffered malnutrition, pneumonia and dysentery. The 303rd was ordered to bomb a German airfield located at Gilze-Rijen, Holland near the Dutch-Belgian border. Soon after the formation crossed the Dutch coast it was attacked by enemy fighters. The pilots, were killed at the controls, Perez bailed out and landed near the Dutch town of Ramamsponkvoor. He broke his leg upon landing, was immediately captured by German troops. After a short time in a German military hospital, he was transferred to Stalag XVIIb near Gniexendorf, Austria.

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • James Nix

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to B-17F 41-24581 'The '8' Ball', 303BG/359BS on 1-Jul-42 as the Co-Pilot and arrived in the UK at Molesworth on 21-Oct-42. ...

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3192 City of Albuquerque

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 16/5/43; t/o accident with Dave Rogan 25/6/43; 427BS [GN-X]; 12m Missing in Action Gilze-Rijen 19/8/43 with Jim Nix, Co-pilot: Dan Shebeck, Bombardier: Bob Solverson,...

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State 26 May 1912
Enlisted Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY 18 July 1942

Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York

Based Molesworth 1943 – 19 August 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 19 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Died Beverly Hills, FL 5 September 1999
Buried Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Citrus County, FL 8 September 1999

Fero Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Beverly Hills, Citrus County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 18:24:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/5534425-frank-f-perez
https://www.fold3.com/record/86244991-frank-f-perez
https://www.fold3.com/record/713725163-perez-frank-f
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42270246/frank-f-perez

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 19:11:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2018 16:50:18 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 284 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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