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Paul Hart Keilman


Joined Squadron 8-Mar-42;ETO/Flight Echelon 2-Oct-42. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23690 while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR and Losses report a collision with an enemy aircraft FW 190 (yellow 3 serial 5604) of JG/1 3 Staffel piloted by Fw Fritz Koch. Both planes crashed into the Waddenzee near Harlingen, Holland.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23690

    B-24 Liberator
    On 27-Jan-43 B-24D 41-23690, 44BG/68BS was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to find the target because of weather and navigation problems. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with and...


  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Hobson, Montana 59452, Verenigde Staten 26 June 1919

Paul Hart Keilman Born June 26, 1919.
Born in Hobson Montana, son of Nicholas Keilman and Caroline Hart Keilman.
Paul was a student at the University of Montana in Missoula when he enlisted.
There were four Keilman brothers and two of his brothers were Airforce pilots during WWII.

Killed in Action (KIA) Waddenzee 27 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with and FW-190 and crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, 6269 NA Migraten, Netherlands 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
25 May 2016 08:50:13 Flying8ball Changes to middlename, events and media associations

Updated bio and Picture received from living relatives

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 20:49:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

ee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15637; Added Commemoration Event and decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connection to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position to Biography and other details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:13 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15637 / MACR 15637, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 68 by Bishop and Hey , 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. 41-42 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Webb Todd