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Ronald Archer, 1919-1996



  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron
  • 862nd Bomb Squadron


  • Randall Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093

  • Ronald Archer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Dad joined the Army April 22, 1941 and was stationed in the Aleutians as a Sergeant. Following Pearl Harbor he transferred to the Air Corps and trained at Thunderbird II in Scottsdale, AZ. His younger brother, Randall Harry Archer, also joined the Air...

  • Ronald Archer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot

  • Roland Kirksey

    Military | Engineer

  • Roland Kirksey

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer


Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 11:26:27 psan5722 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Personal belongings of Ronald Archer bequeathed to Wilma Sanders