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Missing Air Crew Report 02/20/1944
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PARACHUTE BRAKES-When its hydraulic system had been shot out during a U.S. Army 8th Air force raid over Germany, this Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber had to use parachutes for brakes to land at its base in England. Fastened to the interior of the
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Ssgt Clifford Coates, Fairfield, Texas, Regulates Oxygen Valve Inside A Consolidated B-24.
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This Easter Sunday Service, Attended By Men Of The U.S. Air Force And Royal Air Force, Was Held Under Camouflage Netting At Camp Griffis, Busby Park, London, England On 25 April 1943.
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An 8th AF Consolidated B-24 Liberator of the 448th Bomb Group, comes in for a landing at its base in England after completing bombing mission to Swinemunde, Germany docks in support of Russian troops advancing in Eastern Front.
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THROWING SHADOWS ON EACH OTHER, the Boeing B-17 ofrtresses flying in tight formation to mass their firepower against fighter attacks. 305th Bomb Group.
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T/Sgt. Robert M. Dawson, ball turret gunner on a Flying ofrtress, takes barrel out after flight.
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S/Sgt. Robert G. Vaughan, Carlton, Wash., is tired from the long trip to Frankofrt and is in a hurry to remove his guns from the turret and then join his crew at interrogation. ofllowing this, he can get that long-needed rest.
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At An 8Th Air Force Base In England Armorers Load Bombs On The Consolidated B-24 'Fords' Folly' On The 392Nd Bomb Group In Preparation For The Plane'S 100Th Mission Over Enemy Territory. 6 June 1944.
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How large formation is handled. Two boxes, the low (left) and middle groups of the three in a combat wing were probably photographed from the top group of a formation. This varies from standard in that low box is in front instead of rear.
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North American P-51'S Give Cover To A Close-Knit Formation Of Consolidated B-24'S Of The 8Th Air Force. England.
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Loading bombs in Liberators prior to an operational flight is the job of three ordnance men, member of a group commanded by Col. Luther J. Fairbanks of Burt, Iowa. Left to right: Pfc Jean F. Pentz, 1307 Seventeenth Street, Anacortes, Washington; Cpl.
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A Consolidated B-24 Of The 445Th Bomb Group Based In England, Flies High Above The Checkerboard Countryside.

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Person:
Joseph H Gillespie 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1921 1
Pennsylvania 1
Residence:
Place: Carbon County, Pennsylvania 1
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World War II 1

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Army 1
Rank:
SSG Staff Sargeant 2
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13 Aug 1942 1
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Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
33188583 1
Enlistment Place:
Allentown Pennsylvania 1
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Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Box Number: 0623 1
Film Reel Number: 2.287 1

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US Army, Air Corps, 8th Air Force - Tibenham, England

Pomerania, Poland, Wobbelin, Germany, Usedom, Germany

Joseph H Gillesppie

E-6 SSG - Staff Sergeant, 8th U.S. Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 2nd Combat Wing, 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 700th Squadron, Ball Turret Gunner B24-H.

Missing Air Crew Report. MACR # 2440: Air Craft Serial # 42-64434.  POW: Shot Down 2/20/1944. 

POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4, Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug), Pomerania, GER (now in Poland), marched to Wobbelin, GER and marched again to Usedom, GER.  Part of the 6,000 man 600 mile march called "The Black March", or "The Death March" Feburary 6, 1945 to May 2, 1945.  Liberated, then Repatriated to Military Control on 7/21/1945.

The "Big Week" February 20–25, 1944, the USSTAF - European strategic bombing campaign

Brunswick, Germany

The Mission for the 445th Bomb Gp, 700th Squadron: 20 February 1944 (13:30 GER)

Bombing of Brunswick, Germany (Braunschweig, Deutschland) - Germany's biggest center for aircraft industry and engineering.

The Americans flew heavily escorted missions against airframe manufacturing and assembly plants and other targets in numerous German cities including: Leipzig, Brunswick, Gotha, Regensburg, Schweinfurt, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Steyr. In six days, the Eighth Air Force bombers based in England flew more than 3,000 sorties and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy more than 500. Together they dropped roughly 10,000 tons of bombs.

During Big Week the Eighth Air Force lost 97 B-17s, 40 B-24s, and another 20 scrapped due to damage.[5] The Fifteenth Air Force lost 90 aircraft and American fighter losses stood at 28. Although these numbers are high in absolute terms, the numbers of bombers involved in the missions were much higher than previously, and the losses represented a much smaller percentage of the attacking force. The earlier Schweinfurt missions cost the force just under 30% of their aircraft; for the Big Week it was under 7%. (source Wikipedia)

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Brunswick, Germany was bombed 6 times in WWII

  • 17 Aug 1940 RAF
  • 11 Jan 1944 RAF
  • 20 Feb 1944 8AF
  • 21 Feb 1944 8AF
  • 14 Oct 1944 RAF (massive fires destroy old downtown)
  • 03 Mar 1945 RAF

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