George Elwood West

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-30825.jpeg UPL 30825 George E. West Crew
401st BG - 612th BS

Back Row L to R: Hugh D. Russel (LWG), Alfred J. Morini (RWG), Michael Lefkin (TG), Thomas B. Montgomery (B)

Middle Row L to R: Douglas H. McKinnon (CP), George E. West (P), Lloyd A. Nutter (N)

Front Row: ? Stewart (BTG), Robert L. Andrus (R/O), Francis L. Russell (FE)

This crew was shot down on their 27th mission, 28 May 1944. West, H. Russel, and Lefkin were KIA, the remainder were captured. Stewart was not part of the crew when they were shot down.

Object Number - UPL 30825 - George E. West Crew 401st BG - 612th BS Back Row L to R: Hugh D. Russel (LWG), Alfred J. Morini (RWG), Michael Lefkin (TG), Thomas B. Montgomery...

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309.



Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32583791
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32496129
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-752008
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-686111
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32492617
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diana Queen Of The Chase
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ice Cold Katy
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Bonnie Donnie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Heaven Can Wait, Boche Buster
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Salt Lake City, Utah 7 July 1915 Lawrence Henson West and Lydia Caroline [Carlson] Nelson.

Other

401st BG Combat Tour

Deenethorpe 30 December 1943 - 28 May 1944 Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany 28 May 1944 Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5309.

Buried/ Commemorated

Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Salt Lake City Salt Lake County UT 13 November 1948 Re-Interred Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah

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