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Andrew B Creo

Military

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Killed in B-29 mid air collision.

Service

People

  • Frank Banell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Frank Banell served as a navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group as part of Andrew Creo's crew. They were transferred from Gunnery School to the 379th Bomb Group in February 1944.

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Boyd

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lyle Edmondson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-38082 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-37784, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5321 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Billy Hancock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lester Hanes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    As a lead bombardier, 379th bomb Group (Heavy), 524 Squadron, First Lieutenant Hanes flew with Pilots Arvid C. Dahl, Andrew B. Cero and John L. Swanner. He flew many missions with Navigator John P. Hughes. ...

  • Elmer Koelling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edmund Lutz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 30 x missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

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 Queens, NY 26 August 1915
Enlisted Jamaica, NY 22 April 1941

Jamaica, New York

Based Kimbolton June 1944 – April 1945

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane 8 September 1958

Killed in mid air collision of two B-29's.

Buried Fort George Wright Cemetery, Spokane, WA

Fort George Wright Cemetery
Spokane, Spokane County, WA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 13:26:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/48252148
https://www.fold3.com/record/86004041-andrew-b-creo
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802127?rec=306662131
https://www.fold3.com/image/317451236?terms=andrew,b,creo
https://www.historylink.org/File/8561
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21723123/andrew-b_-creo

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2018 13:58:47 Lucy May Changes to person associations
Sources

Special Order 50 transfers Creo's crew from Gunnery School to the 379th Bomb Group on 20 February 1944.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 157. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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