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Dean B Strain


Killed in Action (KIA) at Meckelfeld (Harburg, Luneburg, Niedersachsen, Lower Saxony Germany) in B-24 #4251481. Buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas, USA. A collection of pictures from local artists was dedicated to the La Junta Koshare Museum in memory of Captain Strain.



  • Walter Cranson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Served as a co-pilot to Thomas M. Sisson during the war. Walt kept a diary during his time as a pilot and published it as My Combat Diary: 26 Jan - 6 Jun 1945 by Walt Cranson (Compiled and produced by Mike Hyde and Doreen Hibbert 2000).

  • Thomas Sisson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Denver, CO 19 February 1943. Joined 392nd BG 1 March 1945. Rank at end of WW II was 1st Lt. Rank at retirement from service was Lt. Col.

Units served with

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Born La Junta, Colorado, USA 20 May 1920
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 17 January 1945
Died Meckfeld 17 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 23:09:11 Kris45 Changes to biography, events and person associations

Location of death source:
Connection to pilots Thomas Sisson and Walt B. Cranson established through personal letters written by 1st Lt. Thomas Sisson during April, 1945 in which he mentions searching for a Dean Strain. Thomas Sisson and Walt Cranson were raised in the same hometown as Dean Strain.
Birth date and burial details:
Dedication to the Koshare Museum article:

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2016 14:22:32 CRJohnstonjr Changes to media associations

from La Junta news paper memories REMEMBERING CAPTAIN DEAN STRAIN

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2015 12:33:08 Timothy McKeown Changes to service number

C. Timothy McKeown

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11735 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database