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Wallace E Kasch

Military

Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Derben Germany. A/C B-17G 44-8811 hit by flak over target, carrying most of the tail and the tail gunner (minus chute) away. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13869.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Edwin Daily

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Squadron Commander, Group Operations Officer | 398th Bomb Group
    Group commander 9 Feb 1945 for Altenbeken mission. Group commander on 27 Feb, 1945 Leipzig, Germany mission and 4 March, 1945 on Ulm, Germany mission. Group Commander on 14 March 1945 on Vlotho, and Osnabruk, Germany mission and 21 March 1945 on Rheine...

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


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

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8811

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/45; Hunter 16/1/45; Grenier 28/1/45; Assigned 600BS/398BG H2X [N8-C] Nuthampstead 30/3/45; battle damaged Halberstadt 8/4/45, tail shot away with tail gunner S/Sgt Wallace E Kasch, with Lts Dailey & Hahn and crash landed back at...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lake County, IN, USA 3 August 1925

Son of Edward Lewis and Hulda M Kasch.

Lived in Crown Point, Indiana 1942
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 30 September 1943
Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 8 April 1945

Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Derben, 39317 Elbe-Parey, Germany 8 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Derben Germany. A/C B-17G 44-8811 hit by flak over target, carrying most of the tail and the tail gunner (minus chute) away. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13869.

Buried 1946

Tablets of the missing
Netherlands American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:35:53 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29432567
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=13869&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/page/529874308_wallace_e%20kasch/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/89317274_wallace_e%20kasch/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56300386

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld p.160, picture of plane p. 164. Book says killed 4/8/1945

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