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Harvey Nielsen


Apparently a happy-go-lucky character. "We had a gunner named Harvey Nielsen, he had a fixation on monkeys. He bought his first one in South America and it was a mean son of a gun, and he sold it back to the guy for half the price he paid for it." Bill LeRoy, crewmate



  • John Nortridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." And he did.

Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52234 Corky Burgundy Bombers

    B-24 Liberator
    Manufactured at Ford's Willow Run plant. It carried a Sperry bombsight, rather than the Norden. It was delivered to the USAAF on 29 October 1943, then taken to the Birmingham, Alabama, Modification Center. It arrived at Hamilton Field, San Francisco,...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born Pickering, MO USA 17 July 1920
Enlisted 7 October 1942
Died Mission, TX, USA 7 June 1981
Buried Pickering, MO USA

White Oak Cemetery
Nodaway County
Missouri, USA


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 15:30:36 Lucy May Changes to media associations

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 21:07:38 usxpat Changes to biography

An Emotional Gauntlet, Stuart J Wright, Pen & Sword Books, © 2004

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 20:47:42 usxpat Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

An Emotional Gauntlet, Stuart J Wright, Pen & Sword Books, © 2004
Find A Grave Memorial # 159827065, BIRLS death file