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Keith N Allen


Col Allen flew with a special undercover group led by Col. Bernt Belchen to drop supplies into Norway. He was mistakenly shot down attempting a landing in Norway, by the Russians. They thought he was a German plane. He mistakenly flew over their restricted space. They apoliged to America for this tragedy.

Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously


Units served with

  • 27th Air Transport Group
  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...


Event Location Date
Born Cook County, Illinois
Died 23 September 1944
Buried unknown (Russia)


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / various reports one from Dist. Service Cross awarded