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Francis M Riggs

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

Service

People

  • Orsen Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Kenneth Kio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - Tail Gunner and only survivor on B-17 #43-38270. Crashed on 11/21/44 at 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Wallace Land

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Charles Melhado

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Pryce Spencer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Anthony Vespasiano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Thomas Watkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • James Webb

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38270

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 390BG Framlingham 4/8/44; transferred 549BS/385BG [SG- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44. Mid-air collision with 43-38566 on the mission to Osnabruck 21/11/44 with pilot James S. Webb; Co-pilot...

Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas, United States 12 February 1921
Enlisted Seattle, Washington, United States 27 August 1942

Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Killed in Action (KIA) Körbecke, Möhnesee, Germany 21 November 1944
Died Körbecke, Möhnesee, Germany 21 November 1944
Lived in Edwards County, Kansas, United States
Buried Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 08:24:30 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 10413

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10413 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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