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Kenneth Alfred Durtschi

Military

Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Dwight Hastings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6176

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Hunter 14/6/44; Grenier 23/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 4/7/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 7/8/44 with Dwight Hastings, Co-pilot: Ken Durtschi, Navigator: Jim Shaw, Bombardier: Dominic Siani, Flight...

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Event Location Date
Born Utah, USA 8 May 1923
Lived in SaltLake County, UT 1942

Husband of Audrey J Durtschi. Worked at Remington arms company, Saltlake City.

Enlisted SaltLake City, UT 28 October 1942
Based Amendola 1944 – 7 August 1944

Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Mechnitz, Poland 7 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. POW 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 7 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Coeur d'Alene, ID 29 December 2006
Buried Riverview Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, ID January 2007

Riverview Cemetery
Coeur d'Alene,
Kootenai County, ID

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 09:55:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29403767
https://www.fold3.com/image/597374334
https://www.fold3.com/record/85046601-kenneth-a-durtschi
https://www.fold3.com/record/71706001-kenneth-a-durtschi
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75805054/kenneth-alfred-durtschi

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 09:14:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29403767
https://www.fold3.com/image/597374334
https://www.fold3.com/record/85046601-kenneth-a-durtschi
https://www.fold3.com/record/71706001-kenneth-a-durtschi
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75805054/kenneth-alfred-durtschi

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