Sgt. Jesse A McCue. Jr., 301st, 32nd Sq.
Hello, all -
I was married to Jesse McCue's son many years ago. I am researching that side of the family, and discovered his story details. He had told me decades ago that he had been a POW in Germany, and weighed 80lbs when rescued; but never said much more than that. Some of his info: Sgt. Jesse A McCue
was assigned to the 15th Command, 301st BG(H), 32nd Squadron. (I believe he was in the 8th previously.)
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Ball Turret.
B17G-10-VE, Serial #42-39982
Enlisted 1941 in Chicago, IL, from Kankakee, IL.
Shot down near Spittal, Germany in the *February 25, 1944 bombing run from Foggia Main to Regensburg, on his 22nd mission. The 301st website has the MACR report here: http://www.301bg.com/MacrDetails.cfm?MID=43
The full crew was: John Walker
Pilot Anthony Barile
Co-pilot John Sant Amour
Navigator Charles Anderman
Bombardier Robert Oyer
Engineer/Gunner Thomas Wages
Radio Operator Jack Snoddy
Waist Gunner Jesse McCue
Ball Turret Willard Kendall
All survived the plane explosion caused by enemy aircraft fire and bailed out, but one died following the bailout; I believe it was Kendall, the tail gunner, if I recall correctly. Jesse was a POW until liberation, and his POW record lists the following camps:
Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16. What research I could do on his POW experience leads me to believe he was in the Black March
, indicated by the numbers 54-16.
Jesse survived the war and returned home to Illinois, where he married and had 10 kids (including a set of twins!), and was a machinist. He was a great guy with a sense of humor, and much loved. He passed away January 2, 2004.
I haven't been able to locate anything specifically about the plane previous to the crash; no name, photos, etc, but maybe one day something will turn up. Jesse A. McCue
(Photo disappears when I use the 'insert photo' feature.)
*Between February 20–25, 1944, as part of the European strategic bombing campaign, the United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) launched Operation Argument, a series of missions against the Third Reich that became known as Big Week. During Big Week the Eighth Air Force lost 97 B-17s, 40 B-24s, and another 20 scrapped due to damage. The Fifteenth Air Force lost 90 aircraft and American fighter losses stood at 28.
post edited by JoJo - 2012/08/14 09:49:02