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Paul Kirken

Military

Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Note: Losses and NARA spell last name with an 'e' while MACR uses an 'o'

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People

  • James Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster (awarded on 10 Apr 43)

  • Kenneth Baughman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Donald Bonnom

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Grant

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Hodges

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 3 and moved to Nuremburg 49-11. POW

  • Forrest Hughes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B and moved to work camp 48-15. POW

  • Paul Logan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Orval Mickelson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) placed in Stalag Luft 3 and moved to Nuremburg 49-11. Retired as a Lieutenant. Col. from USAF

  • Walter Race

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 April 1943. Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23732 'Liberty Lass. 'Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. ...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington County, Pennsylvania
Killed in action 16 April 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 08:11:38 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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16 February 2016 08:10:09 ED-BB Changes to role, awards, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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Associated media and person

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16 February 2016 08:07:27 ED-BB Changes to awards
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 104, National WW II Monument NARA listing, MACR 15198

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