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Was able to find information on your father in the Army Registers. He was issued AM, OLC, PH, looks like he spent some time in the service. Captured and took prisoners in 1943 Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. Hope you could look at the following might be able to order reports from https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/reports.htm#MACR for MACR #1303
HISTORY OF THE
B-17 #42-30705 / THER-N-BAK
Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Colorado Springs 16/7/43; Kearney 6/8/43; Topeka 12/8/43; Scott 17/8/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG Oudna 31/8/43; transferred 414BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43; Missing in Action Rimini 27/11/43 with Oscar C. Stedman, Jr.; enemy aircraft, crashed Rimini; Missing Air Crew Report 1303.Source: Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log*
CREW 42-30705 / THER-N-BAK
Position Rang/Rank Name Status Bemerkung/Note P 1LT Oscar C. Stedman, Jr. KIA CP CPT Marvin M. Waldroup, Jr. POW NAV 1LT George H. Shube KIA BOMB 2LT Walter B. Parks KIA ENG/TT T/SGT Ray A. Shipe KIA RO T/SGT Clarence W. Vaughn, Jr. KIA BT S/SGT James R. Melton KIA WG S/SGT James W. Sandiford KIA WG S/SGT Joseph H. Christie POW TG S/SGT Milton H. Snyder KIA
Thank you for your response.
I had previously obtained that information - in fact, the MACR 1303 aircrew list was forwarded my myself to that website. I did make a typo in that submission in that the aircrew member reflected as "Shipe" should have been "Shupe". I have advised the website of my mistake and suspect it will be corrected in the near future.
I also have two picture of the aircraft (42-30705) on bombing missions over France:
He was also a member of the original deployment of the first bombardment to England (Operatioin BOLERO):
And co-piloted the B-17 "King Kondor" (41-9024) as part of that deployment:
It is the above "loading lists" of the 414th BS from June 1942 thru 27 November 1943 that I am most interested in obtaining.
I am submitting a request for his OPF (201) from the MPC in St. Louis and am also considering going to the National Archives in Silver Spring, MD to review the archives of the 97th BG and 414th BS.
Thank you again for you efforts to assist - it is much appreciated.
COL (Ret), AUS