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Gordon Adair Ballagh

Military

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/sr000...

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  • 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).

  • Frank Mitchell

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    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,...

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Burwell, Garfield County, Nebraska, United States 19 January 1921

the son of Robert A. and Harriet E. (Gumb) Ballagh

Lived in 1941

Holt County, Nebraska

Enlisted 20 January 1942

Buffalo, New York

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 1 December 1943 – 9 June 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 1.
NARA WWII POW record: “Returned to Military Control 9 June 1945.”

Died 31 July 2012

Burwell, Nebraska

Buried

Gordon Ballagh rests at the Cottonwood Cemetery, Burwell, Nebraska

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2020 20:39:28 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Updated the location of the "POW" event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 08:40:42 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media and chose key image

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 13:13:40 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theindependent/obituary.aspx?n=gordon-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:36 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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