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Kee Hastings Harrison

Military

Kee Harrison was Pilot of B-17 #42-3190, shot down 14 July 1943 over France. He evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the French Résistance and was fed, sheltered, clothed and transported all the way to Gibraltar. After having crash-landed the Fortress in Berengeville-la-Campagne, five miles NE of Evreux, France, he was sheltered in a farm in the nearby village of Feuguerolles before being led to Paris, Foix, Vierzon and Toulouse across France. Guided to Andorra, he entered Spain on 28 August 1943. After reaching Barcelona and the British Consulate there, he was taken in charge by the US diplomatic corps and driven to Madrid, ultimately reaching Gibraltar on 13 September. After interrogation, he was flown back to England on 16 September 1943, landing the same day in Prestwick, rejoining his Unit a few days later. Evaded (EVD). Kee Harrison ended his military career as a Major in the USAF.

Service

People

  • Eino Asiala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Eino Asiala was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Initially evaded, he was captured in Paris at the end of August 1943 and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Conroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded.

  • James Curtis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    James Curtis was Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roscoe Greene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded (EVD).

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles McNemar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 "Mr. Five By Five". Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance. Guided to the South of France, he crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain. Led to Gibraltar, he was flown back from...

  • Jefferson Polk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

  • Earl Porath

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-3190 Mr Five by Five, Nip 'N Tuck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43. Bangor 23/5/43. Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-W] Rougham /43 (332BS [QE-W]. Missing in Action Le Bourget 14 July 1943 with Captain Kee H. Harrison (*), Co-pilot: David H. Turner (*), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: James H....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 26 February 1914

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Lived in 1940

Chicago, Illinois

Lived in 1942

Lombard, Du Page County, Illinois

Enlisted 14 May 1942

Chicago, Illinois

crash-landed 14 July 1943

his B-17 #42-3190 in Berengeville-la-Campagne, five miles NE of Evreux, France

Evaded capture (EVD) 14 July 1943 – 13 September 1943

with the help of French citizens and members of the French Résistance and was back in England on 16 September 1943

Discharged 18 September 1945
Buried 2005

Kee Harrison rests at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida

Died 10 February 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 13:22:41 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Kee Harrison's Escape & Evasion Report E&E 91 (NARA)
MACR 114
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 22:38:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 114, Lingering Contrails of The Big Square D, Pg 2

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