Theodore A Harkin

Military

Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. He completed a combat tour in June 1944 and lived and worked in England for some years before returning to the USA.

He enlisted in the RAF in November 1939 and had to relinquish his American citizenship. He was permitted to assist with the first RAF American Eagle Squadron No. 71 because he was American by birth. After Pearl Harbor, he was offered the choice of joining the 8th AF from the RAF and regained his citizenship. He was promptly dispatched to gunnery school somewhere in the Midlands in England. He was transferred to Thurleigh 28 October 1942. He was considered a replacement crew member.

RAF Silver Medallion, DFC, AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, PH, 2 Presidential Unit Citations, ETO, Bronze Star.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dixie Demo II
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 369th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Seattle, Washington

Died

1999-07-30

Revisions

Date16 Jan 2021 15:18:42
ContributorHelen
Sources

306th Echoes Oct'99

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:40
ContributorAAM
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia