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Kingsley Funk Spitzer

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions most with Alden Witt crew. Flew 1 x mission with Bill Thomas crew.

Killed in service 29-Dec-43. Accident in B-17 42-39883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to the US.

Crew was enroute to R&R and transferring tour expired colleagues to Scotland, so they could return to ZI via ship. Navigation error caused A/C to descend out of overcast and collide with mountain. Killed in Service (KIS)

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • William Thomas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ...

  • Alden Witt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service in A/C #42-5791 flying through overcast, plane crashed into Cwm Mountain, Wales, while on a non-operational mission ferrying airmen who had completed tours of duty, from Horham in Suffolk to Woodvale near Southport, for further...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29943 'Situation Normal'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Alconbury 16/6/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 335BS [OE-K] Horham 15/6/43; 12/9/43 with A.R. Witt f/d RAF Morton Calence (?); 20...

  • 42-30182 'Blondie II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Walla Walla 5/7/43; Tinker 28/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E], then 412BS [QW-E] Horham 15/6/43; (25m), Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Jack Moore, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-31329

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 10/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 15/11/43; with Glen Infield force landed RAF Manston 4/3/44; 25m, Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Jim Reed, Co-pilot: Maj Noel Strader,...

  • 42-5791 'Ruthless'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/1/43; Salina 14/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Brookley 27/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 19/4/43; 412BS [QW-S]; 5m, transferred AFSC 6/43; on personnel ferry to Southport 29/12/43 with Alden Witt, Co-pilot: Bill Gaffney,...

  • 42-6039 'Blondie III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/6/43; Amarillo 18/7/43; Dallas 9/8/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 14/10/43; 5m, Missing in Action 29/11/43 with Les Palmer, Co-pilot: Ray Grass, Bombardier: Joe Kolar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Wilbert, Radio...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hardy City, West Virginia 2 November 1919

Son of Benjamin F and Emma Susan [Armentrout] Spitzer.

Based Horham August 1943 – 29 December 1943

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Wales 29 December 1943

Killed in Service (KIS).

Buried Singers Glen Cemetery Singers Glen, Rockingham County, VA 1948

Singers Glen Cemetery
Singers Glen, Rockingham County, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2021 16:11:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/image/190111237
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/6391
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21970706/kingsley-f-spitzer

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2020 22:41:55 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Added a KIS event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 02:57:36 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 443, NARA

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