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Theodore Chronopolis

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning from Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Sole survivor from A/C. WIA / RTD. MACR 6984

Clipped on his chute in the aftermath, Navigator 'Don' Watson was struggling to open the escape hatch, with the A/C in a spin. Came to in free-fall outside A/C. He opened his chute and blacked out again. Rescued from the water by boat.

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME, Silver Star, Presidential Unit Citation (Twice), Army Commendation Medal.

Teddy Chronopolis stayed on in the Military after WW2, carving out a distinguished career. He retired as a Captain in Military Intelligence and was a Special Agent in Military Counter-Intelligence. He died in 2012.

Service

People

  • John Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • William Hager

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Paul Haynes

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Warren Oaks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Armand Ramacitti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Cecil Tognazzini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984. Cecil's body was never...

  • Donald Watson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

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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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron
  • 12th Replacement Control Depot

Aircraft

  • 44-6133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Y] Kimbolton 8/6/44; on return from mission 19/6/44 with Armand Ramcitti, Co-pilot: Bill Hager, Navigator: Don Watson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Tognazzini...

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 1944

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 Massachusetts, USA 22 February 1925
Enlisted Boston, MA 18 February 1943

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Mid Air Collision WIA Canvey Island 19 June 1944

Returning from Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Sole Survivor WIA / RTD

Hospitalised Gravesend, UK 19 June 1944 – 21 June 1944

British Naval hospital Gravesend

Hospitalised Tunbridge Wells, UK 21 June 1944 – 16 August 1944

Transferred to US 6th Field Hospital at Tunbridge Wells

Transferred 16 August 1944

Transferred to 12th Replacement Control Depot.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2019 19:56:57 madmitch56 Changes to biography
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2019 06:57:28 madmitch56 Changes to biography
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 08:37:45 madmitch56 Changes to surname
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 03:36:02 madmitch56 Changes to biography
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 03:34:35 madmitch56 Changes to biography
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 02:41:50 madmitch56 Changes to events
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Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 02:35:44 madmitch56 Changes to biography and events
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Jeanne Cronis-Campbell, Teddy's daughter. Via Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2019 17:41:37 madmitch56 Changes to nickname, highest rank, role and awards
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Jeanne Cronis-Campbell, via Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2019 09:50:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Mitch Peeke - User : https://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/48889

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2019 09:55:24 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28680891
https://www.fold3.com/record/83448177-theodore-chronopolos
379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, November 1942-July 1945:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / losses of the 8th & 9th page 395; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 308

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