Herman Carlton Currie

Military
media-47718.jpeg UPL 47718 "Lt. Clifton and crew of the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Yardbird Ii'. England, 20 July 1943."

Rear L-R: Howard R Wright, David S Clifton, Herman C Currie, John L Garvey.

Front L-R: Carroll P Doss, Eugene D Morrison, John B Mitchell, Anthony Compo, Rodolfo A Villarreal, Jimmie E Jameson.

Object Number - UPL 47718 - "Lt. Clifton and crew of the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Yardbird Ii'. England, 20 July...

18-Mar-43 First mission despatched on mission to Vegesack, Germany, a strongly fortified shipbuilding region as Bombardier of B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS. The aircraft, piloted by 1LT Loyd D. Griffin, returned from mission with an excellent wheels up landing in a field about 4 miles from Molesworth. The aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR). Crew suffered no injuries.



Completed a 25-mission tour on 27-Aug-43.



Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

PH/ DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24559) nicknamed "Old Soljer" of the 303rd Bomb Group. Passed as censored 25 Jan 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-17 "Old Soljer". 25 Jan 1943.' Printed caption attached: 'How The Boys Live And Work At Flying Fortress Station In England. Wide World Photo Shows:- Side view of Fortress. This one's been named "Old Soljer" by her crew, who have painted the name on the side of the fuselage, as shown here. WW/ALA. 26-1-43.' On reverse: Ministry of Information, As
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ooold Soljer
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
A B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Kicking Horse" of the 303rd Bomb Group takes off with a feathered engine. Handwritten caption on reverse: ''Kicking Horse' of 303BG. Received 7/7/1944.' On reverse: Daily Graphic [Stamp, ref. no. M4226L].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Devil Himself : Red Ass
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Winchester, Arkansas 24 March 1918

Other

Mission #1, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage but the pilot was able to return to England and make a wheels-up belly landing in a field. He was not injured. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #, 1LT Herman C. Currie, W/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943 Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Died

16 November 1983

Buried/ Commemorated

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Revisions

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Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

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Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

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Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Repeport of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

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Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016. Edited Summary Biography to include details of the 18-Mar-43 event; Made connectione to Place and AIrcraft (through 31-Mar-43)and Missions (through 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 91,

http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C

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