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Loran Chas Biddle

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24416 'Black Diamond Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.

  • 41-24629

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-O] Cheyenne 13/9/42; Thurleigh 23/1/43; transferred 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-G] 25/9/43; {4m} Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with John Hendry, Navigator: Bernie McNamara, Bombardier: Dick Webster {Wounded in Action}, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fort Sheridan, IL 17 October 1919

Son of Loran and Maude Biddle.

Enlisted Fort Sheridan, IL 15 October 1941

Fort Sheridan, IL

Baled out POW Valenciennes, Belgium 20 October 1943

Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032

Discharged USAAF 3 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Melrose Park, IL 5 January 1983
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 October 19493 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2018 11:52:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28604832
https://www.fold3.com/record/40304195-loran-biddle
https://www.fold3.com/record/620788566-loran-biddle-1919
https://www.fold3.com/image/98531296?terms=Loran%20Biddle

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2018 17:21:31 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1032 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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