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Francis H Curry

Military

He resided in Dawson County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 1, 1940, prior to the war, in Lubbock, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the production of rubber goods and also as Single, without dependents.

Francis was "Killed In Action" when his B-17, after receiving battle damage on a bombing raid over La Pallice, France, crash landed at Upper Cilgee Farm, Llanyre, two miles from Llandrindod Wells, Wales, during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

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...

  • 42-5942 Sky Shy/ Wenatchee Special

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26 May 1943; Denver 4 June 1943; Dow Field 28 June 1943; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall as "WENATCHEE SPECIAL" 4 July 1943. (Also named "Sky Shy"). Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Pilot Myron A. Bowen; Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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 Texas 1917
Lived in Dawson County, TX, USA 1940
Enlisted Lubbock, TX, USA 1 October 1940
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

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

Buried 25 September 1943

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial • Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot B Row 5 Grave 23

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2019 18:13:23 Michelbe Changes to biography and awards
Sources

Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 23:19:24 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=photoImage&id=388-P-C-...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1462107
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288953/francis-h-curry

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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