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Harold Homer Cates

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles,...

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 Richland County, OH 9 July 1923

Son of Homer Bryan and Freda [Durtsche] Cates.

Enlisted Columbus, OH 12 April 1943
Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Force landed RTD Kimbolton, UK 28 September 1944

Force landed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD).

Died Mansfield, OH 4 May 1998
Buried Mansfield Memorial Park, Ontario, OH 9 May 1998

Mansfield Memorial Park
Ontario,
Richland County, OH

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