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Richard Magnor Asplund

Military

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD

Awads: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102627 "Queenie"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/5/44; transferred 91BG Bassingbourn 25/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 20/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-107169 Lynne Marie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 12/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 6/4/44; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-T] Kimbolton; ...

  • 42-31189 Paragon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (GH) Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Memphis 4/11/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 22/11/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Bob Harrah, Co-pilot: Bob Giles, Bombardier: Joe Ashbrook, Ball turret gunner: Ken Mays (4...

  • 42-31779

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/12/43; Cheyenne 18/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-J] Kimbolton 6/2/44; soon after t/o for mission on 27/8/44 #1 engine started throwing oil, then caught fire and bail out order was given, with Bill Stickler, Co...

  • 42-3524

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Lowry 17/8/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 3/10/43; then 527BS [FO-G];Tail gunner: Leon Klein (KIA-pilot was L.G. Miller) 26/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Bill Moore, Co-pilot: Rex Carpenter, Navigator...

  • 42-37888

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 28/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-J] Kimbolton 21/11/43; on training flight 5/7/44 with Chas Akryd, Co-pilot: Jack Harter, Navigator: Alf Gates, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tilghman Williams, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-38058

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Albuquerque 3/12/43; Wendover 3/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 18/3/44; mission to Armentieres, France on 6/7/44 tg Raymond Peck (Killed in Action); retUS Bradley 9/7/45; 4168...

  • 42-39789

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F] Kimbolton 19/10/43; then 526BS [LF-W]; transferred 487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; retUS 1103 Morrison 31/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10...

  • 42-6004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 18/6/43; Kingman 1/8/43; 231 BU Alamogordo 2/8/44; 370 BU Keesler 5/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 29/10/45.

  • 42-97163

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-R] Kimbolton 9/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 13/9/44 with Larry Messenger, Co-pilot: Tom Marineau, Navigator: Melvin Halstead, Radio Operator: Grant Powers...

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bellingham, WA 21 November 1921

Son of Magnus and Borghild [Brodahl] Asplund.

Enlisted Tacoma, WA 15 September 1942

Tacoma, Washington

Died Wapello, IA 24 May 1994
Buried Wapello Cemetery Wapello, Louisa County, IA 28 May 1994

Wapello Cemetery
Wapello,
Louisa County, IA

Based Kimbolton

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2019 09:11:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/649696576
https://www.fold3.com/image/212320258?rec=212320401
https://www.fold3.com/record/72466763-richard-m-asplund
https://www.fold3.com/record/85003332-richard-m-asplund
https://www.fold3.com/record/625999876-richard-asplund-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5790665/richard-m_-asplund

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 159 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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