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Photo of B-17 Crew. Only information available at this time are the names of two members: Top second from left is Roland Randall Kirksey (1919-1975), Engineer, and Bottom second from left is Ronald Archer (1919-1996), Co-Pilot. On the back of the photo is written "443-1" and the photo is from Gaddy Laboratories in Charlotte, NC. These two men served together in both the 487TH BOMB GROUP, 837 Bomb Squadron and the 493RD BOMB GROUP, 862nd Bomb Squadron so we are assuming the photo is from one of those two units.



  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron
  • 862nd Bomb Squadron


  • Randall Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093

  • Ronald Archer

    Military | Flying Officer | Co-Pilot
    Dad joined the Army April 22, 1941 and was stationed in the Aleutians as a Sergeant. Following Pearl Harbor he transferred to the Air Corps and trained at Thunderbird II in Scottsdale, AZ. His younger brother, Randall Harry Archer, also joined the Air...

  • Ronald Archer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot

  • Roland Kirksey

    Military | Engineer

  • Roland Kirksey

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer


Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 11:26:24 psan5722 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Personal belongings of Ronald Archer bequeathed to Wilma Sanders