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Lewis D Funk


Lew was born in Wattenberg, Colorado, on Jan 30, 1921, to John and Alta Funk. An Eagle Scout who served in the National Guard at Fort Logan, he attended photo school for the Army at Lowry Air Force base. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant as the Photographic Chief with the 8th Air Force 34th Bomb Group, where he flew 30 combat missions in Europe during WWII.

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Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb 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


  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 8th Air Force Field Order 362

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 472

    14 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 510

    2 August 1944

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Event Location Date
Born Wattenberg Colarado 30 January 1921
Died Englewood, Colorado 8 December 2012


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2018 14:50:03 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

WWII Material by John Funk & Lewis Funk.