P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

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P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:47 am

Need a little bit of help on P/O Francis Marsh Bathen, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I found were he got his wings at No. 11 SFTS, was shipped over to England, he did 32 missions, Not sure if he was with RCAF or USAAF for the 32 missions, but cannot find with what squadron. He shipped over Dec. 1942 He transferred to USAAF in later 1943, and was with 434 Air Base Unit in Santa Rosa, California, when on June 9, 1944 he was killed in a flying accident in a P-38, 43-29017

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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by Temujin » Thu Jun 09, 2022 6:53 pm

You threw me a tough one George, I’m having a really hard time finding anything on him

A few things, but still looking:
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So, I KNOW that he served oversea’s, as the Casualty List tells us he was oversea’s……..but has some kind of illness

I”m still looking

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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by Temujin » Thu Jun 09, 2022 7:01 pm

Found his service number J13444
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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by Temujin » Thu Jun 09, 2022 7:12 pm

No 11 SFTS daily diary, his name is not in it, but on his course graduation day 13 Aug 1942, the top student was another American I’d thought I’d post for you George
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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:38 pm

Well, at least you were able to find info on the 32 missions was with the RCAF, with an additional 25 missions while in the USAAF. And the DNB - Died Non-Battle was the Accident while in the USAAF in the P-38

Find a Grave has it as Cordale Elmer Hammerand, Born 16 Nov 1915, Bellvue, Iowa. He died 30 June 1995 and buried Marshall, Missouri. Call sign of 'Tug", no other info at the moment.

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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by klambie » Fri Jun 10, 2022 3:20 pm

Just confirming no info on a DFC in Canadian records, so it was a UK award.
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Re: P/O Francis Marsh Bathen

Post by georgetanksherman » Fri Jun 10, 2022 5:56 pm

Thanks klambie for the info on the info on the DFC, can't imagine someone doing 32 missions, and there is no info

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