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Sam A Kirk


Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F 41-24588 [WF:A] 'Carter and His Little Pills', 305BG/364BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel on return from bombing the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. The entire crew perished in the sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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


  • 41-24588 Carter and His Little Pills

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24588 [WF-A] "Carter and His Little Pills" was assigned to the 364BS/305BG at Presque Isle, Maine 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 8-Mar-43. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...


Event Location Date
Born Washington County, Alaska
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 8 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was ditched into the English Channel on return from bombing the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 18:08:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015 Correcting typo in Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 18:07:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event note per MACR 15718; Edited Summary Biography with A/C model letter, radio call letters, unit association, crew position, loss details and target based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces," Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15718 / MACR 15718, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 89 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database