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Harry Robert Kerr

Military

Pilot Spitfire Vb BM511 crashed 2 miles north-west of Creswell, Staffordshire. Suspected failure of oxygen system, blacked out and dived straight in, no attempt by pilot to recover. 16-7-42. Killed Non Battle (DNB).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • BM511

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM511 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • High Ercall

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1939-41 for the RAF, as a combined fighter station and Maintenance Unit base, High Ercall had three tarmac runways, 23 hardstandings, two T2 hangars and 24 other hangars of various types. Occupied by the RAF from October 1940, it was...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ottawa County, OH, USA 1920

Ottawa County, Ohio, USA.

Enlisted Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA 22 November 1940

Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. 22 Nov 1940.

Assigned High Ercall, Telford, Telford and Wrekin TF6, UK 1942

Assigned to 309th FS, 31st FG, 8th AF.

Died Creswell, Stafford, Stafford ST18, UK 16 July 1942

Killed Non Battle (DNB) when Spitfire Vb BM511 crashed 2 miles north-west of Creswell, Staffordshire. Suspected failure of oxygen system, blacked and dived straight in, no attempt by pilot to recover.

Lived in Noble County, OH, USA

Noble County, Ohio, USA.

Buried

Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 10:54:45 CreswellPC Changes to events
Sources

Another "Creswell" correction.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 10:53:52 CreswellPC Changes to biography
Sources

Correction to (village name of) the location of the Crash - CRESWELL, with just the one "s".

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2015 11:24:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529904227_harry_r%20kerr/details/
http://raf-112-squadron.org/31stfghonor_roll43_44.html
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search&page=879
https://www.fold3.com/page/84134669_harry_r%20kerr/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losees of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 21

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