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460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola

My uncle was with the 460th BG 763rd BS 15th AF, B-24's out of Spinazzola, Italy. He was shot down on November 18 1944, mission # 255, MACR # 9971  (the  pilot was Captain Robert Reed).   Their target was Udine airbase in No. Italy they bailed  (some escaped & some were captured, none died) out over Yugoslavia and he was captured by the Germans.   I'm told he was in several Stalag-Lufts & was liberated by the Russians in May 1945, maybe Barth.   My uncle died in 1968, he never spoke much at all about the war.   
 
My question is do you know of any web sites that may tell which Stalags my uncle was in & when?  Or any other information on him or the members of his squad.  His name was William Franklin Jr. one of his POW#'s may have been # 4955 and it looks like he was in Moosburg, Ger. at some point.    They also had to ditch their B-24 Liberator in the Adriatic on September 13 44, one died.   He was a radioman & top gunner.   He lived in Newport, RI and was married, with no children.
 
Thank you in advance!
 
Bonnie

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    Re:460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2010/02/09 21:11:24 (permalink)
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    Not certain if this is helpful, but from the NARA's site for Access to Archival Databases (at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ ) there is this information (the formatting is a bit difficult, sorry):

    Field Title    Value    Meaning
    SERIAL NUMBER    31383551     31383551
    NAME     FRANKLIN WILLIAM JR     FRANKLIN WILLIAM JR
    GRADE, ALPHA    T SG     Technical Sergeant
    GRADE CODE    3     Lieutenant Colonel or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses or Technical Sergeant or Commander or Petty Officer, 1st Class
    SERVICE CODE    1     ARMY
    ARM OR SERVICE    AC     Air Corps
    ARM OR SERVICE CODE    20     AC: AIR CORPS
    DATE REPORT: DAY (DD)    18     18
    DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM)    11     11
    DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y)    4     1944
    RACIAL GROUP CODE    1     WHITE
    STATE OF RESIDENCE           
    TYPE OF ORGANIZATION    S53     Heavy Bomber
    PARENT UNIT NUMBER    0460     0460
    PARENT UNIT TYPE    06     Group/Regiment/Commands/System
    AREA    98     North African Theatre: Italy
    LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD)    21     21
    LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM)    07     07
    LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y)    5     1945
    SOURCE OF REPORT    1     Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
    STATUS    8     Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
    DETAINING POWER    1     GERMANY
    CAMP    013     Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)
    REP           
    POW TRANSPORT SHIPS           

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    Re:460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2010/08/20 01:37:08 (permalink)
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    Hello Bonnie,
     
    I do not know if this will help you or not, but we are currently publishing A One-Way Ticket to Udine at www.historyraven.com in serial from a manuscript written by Sgt. James R. Mund, armor-gunner, 460th Bomb Group, 763rd Squadron, about a B-24 Liberator mission, and I believe it is the same one you are talking about.
     
    Ours is an open website with no charge to visit or subscribe. I will check the full manuscript of A One-Way Ticket to Udine this weekend to see if your uncle is in the story and get back to you. 
     
    We have found a few members who knew Jim. Hopefully, you will get more information on your uncle from the group also.
     
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    bmfinn1008

    My uncle was with the 460th BG 763rd BS 15th AF, B-24's out of Spinazzola, Italy. He was shot down on November 18 1944, mission # 255, MACR # 9971  (the  pilot was Captain Robert Reed).   Their target was Udine airbase in No. Italy they bailed  (some escaped & some were captured, none died) out over Yugoslavia and he was captured by the Germans.   I'm told he was in several Stalag-Lufts & was liberated by the Russians in May 1945, maybe Barth.   My uncle died in 1968, he never spoke much at all about the war.   
     
    My question is do you know of any web sites that may tell which Stalags my uncle was in & when?  Or any other information on him or the members of his squad.  His name was William Franklin Jr. one of his POW#'s may have been # 4955 and it looks like he was in Moosburg, Ger. at some point.    They also had to ditch their B-24 Liberator in the Adriatic on September 13 44, one died.   He was a radioman & top gunner.   He lived in Newport, RI and was married, with no children.
     
    Thank you in advance!
     
    Bonnie



     
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    Re:460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2010/08/20 10:04:03 (permalink)
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    The Stalag Luft 4 website may not be still being maintained but it still it up (even though some of the links don't work).  On the Rose roster a William Franklin is listed.  On the Janis roster (which you download as a pdf) , a W Franklin  living  at 41 Walnut St in Newport, RI is listed.   I am guessing your uncle was at Stalag Luft 4 until it was evacuated in February, 1945.  I probably then took part in the "Death March" from that camp.  You can find a lot of information about these incidents, including pictures of Stalag Luft 4 by searching the web.
     
    http://www.stalagluft4.org/
     
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    Re:460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2010/08/20 10:20:24 (permalink)
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    Oops...   "He" probably took part in the "Death March"  ......  not "I".    Need more coffee......
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    Re:460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2012/09/03 19:57:55 (permalink)
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    Hi Bonnie , My name is John Stallworth, My Uncle 2nd Lt. John Stallworth, was killed 4/8/1945 , he was there when your uncle was, I have been trying to find out anything I can and I know this is most likely grasping at straws but did your uncle have a connection with him?
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2014/04/29 14:19:45 (permalink)
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    I have a photo of the 763 bombardment squadron. The picture shows lots of people in dress uniforms around a B24.  It looks like a whole squadron photo. Found the photo when my mother passed away.
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2014/04/29 14:23:19 (permalink)
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    I have a photo of the 763 bombardment squadron. The picture shows lots of people in dress uniforms around a B24.  It looks like a whole squadron photo. Found the photo when my mother passed away. The photo has names on the reverse side of the photo. Would like to get to someone that interested the history of the squad.
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2014/04/29 15:02:04 (permalink)
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    David,
    You could scan the image (both sides) and post it here on the forum; helpful details on how to do this here http://www.armyairforces.com/Forum-Help-f373.aspx

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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/04/10 00:14:56 (permalink)
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    Dear David Thompson, I would be very much interested in this picture. Would it be possible to get it?
    I am desparately searching for a picture of the crew and the ships, the "Flying Junior" (Pilot Bill D. Rodabarger, 42-99763, MACR 6917) and "Big Time Operator" (Pilot Joe Semradek, 42-94923, MACR 6952). Both planes crashed on the 19. of July 1944 in the south of Munich.
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/06/20 01:12:10 (permalink)
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    Dear BMBazooka - Re: Information on the JUnior.
    Uncle Robert Earl Reese was a member of the crew, and was killed on the mission of July 19, 1944. I have some statements from the local authorities regarding the crash.  Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the crew.
    I would be happy to share what information I do have. Perhaps, if we compare notes, we can help each other out.
    Looking forward to hearing from you - Kathy
     
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/06/20 01:46:10 (permalink)
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    Hi Kathy,
    I am so glad to read this!!!
    May we correspond per E-Mail? BMBazooka@googlemail.com
    Although some information should be published here for all the others who are interested in this story.
     
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/06/24 11:41:06 (permalink)
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    Mr. Thompson,
     
    If possible I would also like to get a copy of the picture. I'm researching a family member.  He was part of the 15th AAF, 55th Bombardment Wing Heavy, 460th, Bombardment Gp (H), 763rd Bomber Sq.  He flew B24's and was stationed in Spinazzola Italy.  He died en-route to Wiener Neustadt Nord Airdrome, Austria on 23 Apr 1944.
     
    Has the picture been posted anywhere?
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/06/30 11:42:27 (permalink)
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    Tanaiewj:
     
    I have received a query regarding a Sgt Herman Bower, a member of the 460th BG, who was KIA on April 23, 1944.  I find MACR's for two 460th B24's on that day, MACR4394, B24 SN 41-29324, pilot Erwin Huber, and MACR4397, B24 SN 41-29326, pilot George Swazey, who was also KIA.  Do you have any information that would associate Herman Bower with either of these two aircraft?
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/06/30 11:47:11 (permalink)
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    Herman Bower was the Radio Operator on Swazey's plane, 41-29326, MACR 4397.
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    Re: 460th Bomb Group 763 Bomb Squad Spinnazola 2015/07/04 02:30:01 (permalink)
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    RSwank
    Herman Bower was the Radio Operator on Swazey's plane, 41-29326, MACR 4397.


    From that plane, 7 men were KIA, 2 were PoW, and Fowler was rescued by partisans after 70 days.
    Pilot, co-pilot, Bower and probably two others were killed instantly, it seems plane was hit by rocket from german plane, in their first attack.
     
    GW Mitchell,
    I have report on Fowler's evasion (it doesn't say much more on Bower than I wrote). Let me know if you are interested.
     
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