Ivon Francis Klohe

Military
Captain Ivan Klohe of the 385th Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30096) after a mission. Passed for publication 28 Sep 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '230096.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Youth Of The Flying Fortresses. USP/224I-21-14. Capt. Ivan Klohe, of San Fransisco is believed to be the youngest Fortress pilot and Squadron Leader in the European Theatre of War. He is just turned 20 and is here seen standing by his Fort on return from a mission.' Censor no: 285781. On

Object Number - FRE 4939 - Captain Ivan Klohe of the 385th Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30096) after a mission. Passed for publication 28 Sep...

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF, flew 9 x combat missions on B-17's. Transferred to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF to complete tour on B-24's.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ill be Back
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Mizpah
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron
Corporal John E. Burkey and Corporal Paul G. Huston of the 385th Bomb Group paint the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30168) nicknamed "Mission Belle". Passed for publication 10 Oct 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '230168.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Flying Fortresses In Combat Missions Over Europe. Picture Shows:- Cpl. John E. Burkey, Philadelphia, Pa., and Cpl. Paul G. Huston, Lingure, Pa.; doing a bit of painting on Fortress "Mission Belle" - the ship of 1/Lt. Wayne Horr, A
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mission Belle
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 549th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yank
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 548th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Piccadilly Queen
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 549th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Monterey, CA 1921-11-16 Son of John Klohe.

Other

Promotion

Promoted to Captain.

Based

Horsham St Faith Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted

Moffet Field, CA 1942-01-23 Moffet Field, California

Based

Great Ashfield Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Loveland, CO 2005-03-11

Other

Commission

1942-08-27 Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Other

Discharged USAF

1968-11-30 Honourable discharge.

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