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Franklyn H Higbie


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Bahten crew. 33 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Bahten

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97150

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 26/2/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 544BS [SU-F]; force landed continent 10/1/45; Salvaged. SILVER QUEEN.

  • 42-97960

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; with ? force landed Mt 4/5/44; Hunter 14/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-M] Grafton Underwood 3/6/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Chas Molder, Hobart Treadway, Ernie Knowlton, Ralph...

  • 43-38752 Little Cinder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 30/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 16/10/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. LITTLE CINDER.

  • 44-6080

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 27/5/44; taxi accident with 44-6141 27/9/44, with Bert Brown, Co-pilot: Bill Bayne, Navigator: Ray Scherer, Bombardier: Walt Franklin, Flight...

  • 44-6149 HOT AFTER IT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 26/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-U] Grafton Underwood 12/6/44; Missing in Action Koblenz 11/10/44 with Max Levine, Jerome Williams, George Trlica, Bill Allen (4 Killed in Action); Dale Yeoman, Bob Gilroy...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Mower County, MN 25 December 1911

Son of Clarence W and Jessie A Higbie.

Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 29 June 1943
Based Grafton Underwood June 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Grafton Underwood, UK 26 June 1944

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Discharged USAAF 15 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Saint Cloud, MN 22 April 1979
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN 26 April 1979

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota


Date Contributor Update
03 August 2020 11:16:34 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:14 AAM AAM ingest

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