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Jerry B Payne

Military

On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

2nd Lieutenant Jerry B. Payne was born November 11, 1920. His next of kin were his wife, Catherine Payne, and his daughter, Joyce Payne. He was from Manhattan, Kansas.
On February 20, 1944, he was the Pilot of “Barbara,” B-17 tail #42-39894, of the 388th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over the island of Fuenen, Denmark.
He is buried with other members of his crew in a group burial at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Service

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39894 Barbara

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 18/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Rostock 20/2/44 with Jerry Payne, Co-pilot: Carl Cole, Navigator: Jim Kelley, Bombardier: Clarry Swanson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Manhattan, KS, USA 11 November 1920

2nd Lieutenant Jerry B. Payne was born November 11, 1920. His next of kin were his wife, Catherine Payne, and his daughter, Joyce Payne. He was from Manhattan, Kansas.

Killed in Action (KIA) England 20 February 1944

On February 20, 1944, he was the Pilot of “Barbara,” B-17 tail #42-39894, of the 388th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over the island of Fuenen, Denmark.

Died 20 February 1944
Buried Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207, USA

He is buried with other members of his crew in a group burial at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 02:22:47 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2432 / MACR 2432, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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