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Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for 2nd Lieutenant Walter K Higgins of the 381st Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.

If you require access to the full, unedited file please contact Bill Beigel via his website, www.ww2research.com, or the AAM Team at aamwebsite@iwm.org.uk

Connections

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Higgins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31878 'Spam Can', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31989 'Spam Can' 'Black Magic' 'Shady Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 27/2/44; 336BS [ET-B]; on return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk, with Harry Rivenbark, Co-pilot: cp-Boll...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 09:15:49 rossingtonj Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) researched and donated by Bill Beigel: www.ww2research.com

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