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Kenneth F Gibbs

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid in B-17 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit' 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350

Award: AM (2 OLC), PH.

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  • Erwalt Wagner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: Purple Heart

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29829 Sons of Satan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F/P] Kimbolton 18/5/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with Bob Haston, Radio Operator: Gordon Fisher, Waist gunner: Bill Nixon, Waist gunner:...

  • 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-A] Kimbolton; then 524BS [WA-T]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Erwalt Wagner, Co-pilot: Bill Barnard, Navigator: Joe Hilderbrand,...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-29946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43; ...

  • 42-30191

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Merchant, Co-pilot: Jim Sullivan, Navigator: Ernie Keith,...

  • 42-31822

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/12/43; Dallas 6/1/44; Dale Marbry 10/1/44; Maxwell 11/1/44; Morrison 13/2/44; crew to 775BS/463BG Celone via ATC, but aircraft transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 24/5/44; Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with Billy Drake(+...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Harderwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

  • 44-8813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/1/45; Hunter 12/1/45; Grenier 7/2/45; Assigned 526BS/379BG H2X Kimbolton 21/2/45; mid air coll with 44-8198 over Braintree, Ex, UK 10/5/45 with Elliott Porter; Salvaged 11/5/45.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA 17 November 1921

Son of Howard E and Mary Irene Gibbs.

Enlisted Lancaster, PA 7 February 1942

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 17 August 1943
Died 17 August 1943
Buried 18 August 1943

Interred

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot E, Row 32, Grave 23

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2019 19:04:27 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28693499?terms=42-29830
https://www.fold3.com/record/83761475-kenneth-f-gibbs
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56655408/kenneth-f_-gibbs
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2431
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49033446/kenneth-f_-gibbs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1350 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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