Lawrence W Kooima


Object Number - UPL 55699 - Lawrence W Kooima - 423rd BS, 306th BG

Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29959. Killed in Action (KIA). They received several direct hits from anti-aircraft fire, and received damaging effects from numerous passes of German planes. Most of the men were able to bail out when the order was given, their aircraft crippled and burning.
Earlier on 28 July 1943 flew Kassel raid on 42-29974. Lost control cables by flak damage. Crash landed Framlingham Airfield, Suffolk with returning crew with 4 crew members wounded. 10 RTD.


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Units served with

Official insignia of the 306th Bomb Group, approved 6 January 1943, and updated 2 October 1951.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Ground crew of the 306th Bomb Group inspect the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 15 Jul 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '17/7/43.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Fortress Comes Home With Tail Almost Severed. After a recent raid on enemy territory, a Flying Fortress bomber managed to limp home with its tail almost severed. Photo Shows:- Inspecting the damaged Fortress bomber on its home airfield after its return.' On reverse: Planet News Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and U
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group 423rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fightin Bitin
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group 367th Bomb Squadron
B-17 42-5308 & 42-5306 Brand New
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 306th Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group 367th Bomb Squadron




Event Location Date Description


Rock Valley, Iowa, USA 26 July 1917


Fort Des Moines, Iowa 9 June 1941


Killed in Action (KIA)

Germany 8 October 1943


Date16 Feb 2022 19:57:51
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306th BG
Glenn Kooima, grand nephew

Date11 May 2016 10:26:25
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 867;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 204

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:17
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MACR 867 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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