Francis Xavier Harkins

Military

Francis Harkins served as a bombardier with the 390th Bomb Group. He was part of crew number 18. On 15 August 1943, he was shot down in B-17 #423306. Francis evaded capture with the help of many different French people. The names of the people known to have helped him are Robert F Beauvais, Rene and Odette LeMattre, Rosaline Witton, Jean Francois Nothomb, Joseph and Madeleine Balfe, Raoul Demagt, Georges Van Kemmel, Joseph and Josephine Larretche and Federico Armendariz Ugalde.



Awards; WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18026239 / O-733667
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 390th Bomb Group crashes near Dunkirk whilst flying with a mission with B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5914), 15 August 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '385BG.' Printed caption on reverse: '25620 USAF - Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" going down over area south of Dunkirk, occupied France. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Phoenix
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Philadelphia, PA, USA 15 January 1921 Son of Danile J and Lucia G Harkins.

Enlisted

New York, NY, USA 21 January 1942

Other

Evaded (EVD)

France 15 August 1943 - 20 August 1943 Evaded (EVD) capture with assistance of French civilians.

Other

Shot down / baled out

59670 Bavinchove, France 15 August 1943 Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). MACR 258. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Died

New York, NY, USA 2 January 2001

Buried/ Commemorated

Interred Arlington National Cemetery
Queens, NY, USA

Revisions

Date
ContributorLucy May
Changes
Sources

Added the names of people known to have helped Francis Harkins to evade capture.
Source: http://aide-aviateurs-allies-ww2.fr/RechercheEvades

Date
ContributorLucy May
Changes
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 258 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / www.390thspace.com/missions.php?name=Harkins%2C+Francis+X

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ContributorAAM
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 258; Washington Post, 5 January 2001