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Harold Eugene Dwyer

Military

Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico.

Assigned to the 8th Air Force, 34th Bomb Group, 391st Squadron in England. Flew his first mission on 23 March 1945, as Co-Pilot (pilot, aircraft?), then several other combat missions and five Chowhound missions to drop food supplies to the Dutch population.

After the end of the war in Europe, Harold made non-combat missions to fly liberated French POWs from Linz, Austria to Paris. After World War II, Harold served in the United States Air Force Reserves obtaining the rank of Major and was honorably discharged on January 18, 1963.

Harold’s brother Stanley N. Dwyer, also a B-17 combat pilot in the 15th Air Force, has been missing in action since May 10, 1944. The book "Searching for Stanley – Unforgotten Hero of World War II" by Kay Hughes with contributions by Harold E. Dwyer tells of the family’s quest to understand Stanley’s fate. In 2014, brothers Harold E. Dwyer and Stanley N. Dwyer were inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.

Service

People

  • Robert Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Robert Bell enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, flying on 10 missions on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • George Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    George Brown enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Emile Duval

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Emile Duval enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Stanley Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Stanley Dwyer, a graduate of Glasco High School and Kansas State College, enlisted in December 1941 and first served in the Signal Corps. He received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant at the Marfa Army Air Forces Flying School, Texas on 28...

  • Norman Gilchrist

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Norman Gilchrist enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • Robert Menefee

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Robert Menefee enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • John Noe

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    John Noe enlisted in the Air Corps and was assigned as a Radio Operator in the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, a member of the Harold E. Dwyer crew. His Army Serial Number is mentioned as “36879859” but no confirmation has been found. The NARA...

  • Richard Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 34th Bomb Group
    Richard Ryan enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 391st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

  • William Thorpe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    William Thorpe graduated from the Buhl East High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Air Corps. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 491st Bomb Squadron, serving on the Harold E. Dwyer crew.

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Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37864 Penny Jive

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30 May 1944; Long Beach 12 June 1944; Kearney 13 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 4 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 7 April 1945 mission. Returned to the USA...

  • 43-38257 Tyson's Tramps

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13 July 1944; Kearney 21 July 1944; Grenier 7 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 10 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 7 May 1945 Chowhound mission to drop food to the Dutch population....

  • 43-38299 Roger's Dodgers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18 July 1944; Kearney 27 July 1944; Grenier 10 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 16 August 1944. Lt Milton D. Andersen flew most of his 35 missions on # 43-38299. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on...

  • 43-38343 The Big Gear

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23 July 1944; Hunter 4 August 1944; Dow Field 15 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 17 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew twice on it, first on the 1 May 1945 mission to drop food to the Dutch...

  • 43-38372 Rainbow

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27 July 1944; Lincoln 5 August 1944; Grenier 15 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 15 August 1944; transferred 96BG Snetterton 16 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 19 April 1945...

  • 43-38378 Hotter 'N Hell, Little King

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27 July 1944; Hunter 5 August 1944; Dow Field 15 August 1944; Assigned 568BS/390BG Framlingham 17 August 1944 (" HOTTER 'N HELL". Transferred 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 18 August 1944 ("LITTLE KING"). Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E....

  • 43-38380 Toni-7th

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27 July 1944; Kearney 6 August 1944; Grenier 15 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 16 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 16 April 1945 mission. Returned to the USA Bradley 21 June 1945;...

  • 44-8138

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19 August 1944; Langley 20 July 1944; Presque Isle 13 August 1944; Assigned 493BG Debach 15/8/44, then 349BS/100BG [XR-T] Thorpe Abbotts; Salvaged 9AF Germany 29/12/45. NOTE : According to data at the 34th BG website, # 44-8138 (34BG :...

  • 44-8271 BUTCH

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27 July 1944; Cheyenne 6 August 1944; Grenier 25 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 27 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on 5 missions : on 31 March 1945; 4 April 1945; 14 April 1945; 18 April...

  • 44-8629 Purty Chili

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 5 November 1944; Dow Field 27 November 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 11 December 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on 2 missions : on 30 March 1945 (Aborted – jettisoned bombs) and on the Chowhound...

Missions

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Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Council Grove, Kansas, United States 23 September 1924

the son of Harold Winfield Dwyer and Ellen Josephine (Cristman) Dwyer

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2016 09:57:53 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Source carried over from duplicate record:
1996 34th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 08:17:27 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Added first mission

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 11:02:09 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Deleted association with UPL 20524

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 10:36:24 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Details from Harold Dwyer and his family
Data at http://valortovictory.tripod.com/crews/Dwyer.htm

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