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Lyle J Curtis

Military

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190

Awards: PH., AM x 2

Service

People

  • John Kriegshauser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo' which had been badly damaged by...

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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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31322 Mi Amigo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Vandalia 26/10/43; Des Moines 1/12/43; Denver 2/12/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick, UK 16/1/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 17/1/44; Transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-V] Chelveston 30/1/44; ex-Aalborg 22...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Endcliffe Park

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Teton, ID 27 March 1921

Son of Elmer Curtis.

Lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho 1941

Husband of Erma P Lyle. Married 31.08.43 pre-ETO deployment. One daughter born while he was overseas. He never saw her. Pre-war occupation: farmer.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 30 December 1941
Based Chelveston October 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF.

Died Endcliffe Park, Sheffield 22 February 1944

Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission; attempted force landing Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Killed in Action. MACR 15190

Buried 24 February 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Ucon Cemetery, Ucon, ID August 1948

Re-Interred
Ucon Cemetery
Ucon,
Bonneville County, ID

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 08:21:04 miAmigo Changes to events
Sources

Personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 08:09:27 miAmigo Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 16:25:29 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://www.fold3.com/page/84967587-lyle-j-curtis
https://www.fold3.com/record/84967587-lyle-j-curtis
https://www.fold3.com/image/222261381?terms=Lyle%20Curtis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9115032/lyle-j-curtis

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 14:38:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://www.fold3.com/image/222261381?terms=Lyle%20Curtis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9115032/lyle-j-curtis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 85., Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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