8th Air Force
By Melissa August 17, 2008 at 12:59:10
James Flener, born February 7, 1921-died October 14, 1943, was one of my uncle's crew members in WW II.They flew a mission together (my uncle, 2nd Lt. Edward S. Reed) was the pilot) for the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Group (which flew out of England) and the plane went down on October 14, 1943.All of the crew members were taken as POWs except for James who was killed.James is listed on the WW II Memorial page and his wife (at that time) is listed as the source.So, I'm trying to find Norma Flener Keller who was married to James during the war.The only clue that I have is that the hometown of James is listed as Latimer County, Oklahoma.
Here is the complete list of the crew:
October 14th 1943.B-17F -30- VE 42-5901.1xKIA, 9xPOW.MACR: 789.
Reed, Edward S. 2nd Lt. O-522763 (P). POW.
Bledsoe, Sidney B. 2nd Lt. O-802524 (CP). POW.
Oerther, John R. 2nd Lt. O-749397 (N). POW.
Hayes, Burnie P. 2nd Lt. O-729625 (B). POW.
Epperson, Virgil M. S/Sgt. 17091384 (TTG). POW.
Morris, Earl G. Jr. S/Sgt. 13117334 (RO). POW.
McGavack, Howard C. S/Sgt. 19088579 (BTG). POW.
Flener, James R. Sgt. 38318345 (LWG). KIA.
Elliott, Robert C. S/Sgt. 18076987 (RWG) POW.
O’Brien, Joseph J. Sgt. 32467205 (TG). POW.
I have ordered the MACR but have not received it yet.
If this is familiar to anyone, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Also, I am looking for anyone who knew 1st Lt. Marion O. Nelson of the 8th Air Force.He was from Montgomery, Alabama and is listed as DNB (died non-battle).He was my dad's best friend and from my dad's notes it appears that he was on his way home when he was killed piloting a ferrying mission at Randolph Field, Texas.Apparently he was killed somewhere between Randolph Field and Mobile, Alabama.His wife had a son (Ronald, I think) while he was gone and he never knew his son.I'd love to know more about Marion's service and find his family members.
Thanks for any help,