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Victor Robert Olson


Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'Revel's Revenge' #4297219


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-97219 Reuel's Revenge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 12/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [C] Knettishall 12/3/44; detailed Stuttgart 4/9/44 with Vic Olson, Bombardier: David Rosenthal (Killed in Action) rest OK; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Vic...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Oregon, USA 4 November 1922
Lived in Tuolumne County, CA, USA July 1942
Enlisted Roswell, NM, USA 26 July 1942
Died 28 September 1944
Buried 1300 Sneath Ln, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA

At Golden Gate National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 16:59:34 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9378

NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /