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David N Harmon

Military

Assigned to 386 365BG, 9AF USAAF. Assistant group Operations Officer. On a dive bombing mission in support of V Corps, having seen heavy AA fire whilst bombing German tank positions. Set up a strafing pass on flak positions and was hit by a 20mm round in the main tank along with 25+ other hits. Seemingly, his fuel management must of left him with a full main tank which stopped the explosion that should have come from the direct hit !! Awarded the Oak Leaf to his DFC for this deed, he considered himself the luckiest man alive.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (15OLC), BS, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 386th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Beaulieu

    Military site : airfield
    The first airfield site was near East Boldre, used before the First World War. A Royal Flying Corps and RAF station during the First World War, it was sold and dismantled from 1920-1924, though the land was used as a private airfield from 1933 to 1938....

  • Juvincourt

    Military site : airfield

  • Bretigny

    Military site : airfield

  • Azeville

    Military site : airfield

  • Chievres

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 31 September 1919
Based Beaulieu 1944

Assigned to 386 365BG, 9AF USAAF.

Combat damaged Diekirch, Luxembourg 19 September 1944

After strafing flak positions, hit several times by return fire. A 20mm shell penetrated his main tank, amazingly his P-47 Elsie II did not explode.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2018 18:25:11 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312802494?terms=David%20N%20Harmon
https://www.fold3.com/image/28634578
Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht By Robert F. Dorr, Thomas D. Jones

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2018 18:23:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312802494?terms=David%20N%20Harmon
https://www.fold3.com/image/28634578
Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht By Robert F. Dorr, Thomas D. Jones

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