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Erskine S Dollarhide Jr

Military

Capt. Erskine Dollarhide Jr was Killed In Action flying his third and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Huls Germany on June 22, 1943. As part of a composite strike force of the 525thBS/379th BG (H) & 303rd BG (H) Dollarhide led the 2nd element of the 3rd squadron.

Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching the IP of their bomb run. His B17F 42-29946 was damaged by 20 mm cannon fire causing the aircraft to spin, tumble and crash.

He was last seen by SSgt Lloyd Donelson LT Waist gunner who reported that Dollarhide apparently uninjured was pinned into his seat by the spinning motion of the aircraft. SSgt Donelson stated that Dollarhide tapped his shoulder as the sergeant exited the airplane. Dollarhide is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery Belgium.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43; ...

  • 42-6092

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/7/43; Cheyenne 22/7/43; Dyersburg 1/9/43; 4100 BU Patterson 3/8/44; 326 BU MacDill 29/10/44; 327 BU Drew 18/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Long Branch, NJ 07740, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) 47839 Hüls, Germany 22 June 1943
Buried

Plot B Row 10 Grave 6

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 10:42:25 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 1294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
See also ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/545047#.V2pdTk32aM8

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 21:39:53 Hobie@64205 Changes to aircraft associations
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dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 20:20:34 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 10:53:29 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

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29 October 2015 10:47:39 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

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28 October 2015 17:30:01 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

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28 October 2015 17:26:29 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 12:13:42 Hobie@64205 Changes to mission associations
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 12:11:58 Hobie@64205 Changes to mission associations
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 11:43:57 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 12:41:22 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography and events
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Captain Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 12:33:29 Hobie@64205 Changes to service number and awards
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Captain Erskine S Dollarhide

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1294; 379th Bomb Group Anthology pg 265

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