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Charles Gordon Curtis

Military

Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31370

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 11/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid air coll with 42-37963 ex-Deipholz 21/2/44 with Capt John Hutchison, Co-pilot: Charles Curtis, Navigator: John Epps, Bombardier:...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Danvers, MA, USA 13 December 1923
Died Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 21 February 1944
Buried Coton, Cambridge, UK

At Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Findagrave.com 56288956

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2019 16:50:24 william henry Changes to middlename
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Complete middle name

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13 April 2018 17:04:48 william henry Changes to events
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Personal information

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2018 14:52:17 william henry Changes to biography
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Standard

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 21:15:31 william henry Changes to biography
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GR to GB to make sense

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 17:09:58 usxpat Changes to service number, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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