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Paul A Messina


Flew on last 379th flight on 25 April 1945 to Pilsen. Killed in mid-air collision while on a sightseeing tour of damaged Europe.


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    44-8198 was on a sightseeing trip to Germany two days after VE Day when it collided with 44-8813 over Braintree, Essex on 10 May 1945. ...

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....


Event Location Date
Died River Mead, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AX, UK 11 May 1945


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 14:57:24 Lucy May Changes to role, biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Associated to the aircraft in which he was killed after correspondence with Tony Lynch, the Bocking B-17 Researcher and memorial organizer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:07 AAM AAM ingest

379th Bombardment Group Anthology pg. 143 and 343 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia