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Donald P Gromis

Military

Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

Service

People

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30217 'IMPATIENT VIRGIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43 IZA BLUE; detailed Duren 20/10/43 with Bob Simmons, crew ?, (10 Returned to Duty); but recalled due to extreme weather,...

  • 42-30230 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; following Regensburg shuttle mission suffered battle damaged over Bordeaux on return trip to base 24/8/43, with Lloyd...

  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 29 November 1922
Lived in Reading, PA, USA 1942
Enlisted Allentown, PA, USA 8 August 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 16 September 1943

17 combat missions

Died Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6NG, UK 16 September 1943

While returning on this date from a mission to Bordeaux, low on fuel, and in bad weather, the Cox Crew crashed at Upper Cilgee Farm in Powys, Wales. All 10 crew were KIA

Buried Leesport, PA 19533, USA 1948

Eplers Church Cemetery • Leesport, Berks County, Pennsylvania,

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2020 22:23:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 02:52:26 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-GRO01-...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=3559352
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/127939671/donald-p-gromis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 285 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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