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Charles Granville Koontz

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587

Award: PH.

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  • Browning Grimmett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587 Award: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Nelson, NE 23 June 1922

Son of Charles Henry and Margaret Marie [Troudt] Koontz.

Lived in Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, CA June 1942

At time of draft registration: Employed by Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California

Enlisted Santa Ana, CA, USA 12 February 1943

Santa Ana, California

Based Deenethorpe April 1944 – 7 May 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hohnebostel, Germany 7 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak KIA MACR 4587

Buried Nelson Cemetery Nelson, Nuckolls County, NE 24 May 1949

Re-Interred
Nelson Cemetery
Nelson, Nuckolls County, Nebraska

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 13:24:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/311039343
https://www.fold3.com/image/319448800
https://www.fold3.com/image/629807311
https://www.fold3.com/record/85020076/charles-g-koontz-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/20247075/charles-granville-koontz

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 13:23:35 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 4587 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
And:
NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=18&cat=all&tf...

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4587, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1254

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