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Kenneth Gilbert Swift


Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Kopf crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Kopf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford. RTD ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-R] Grafton Underwood 16/4/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

  • 42-29557 Yankee Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 9/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 10/2/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 20/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43, with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott,...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97204

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 30/3/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Harry Rainey, Co-pilot: J.Z. Rowe, Navigator: Chas Francis, Bombardier: Walt Kendall,...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born 2 December 1915
Enlisted Hartford, CT 15 July 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Based Grafton Underwood September 1943 – July 1944

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crash landing RTD RAF Desford 10 October 1943

10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford. RTD

Promotion Grafton Underwood, UK 24 March 1944

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Crash landing RTD Grafton Underwood, UK 31 March 1944

31-Mar-44. Returning to base from a recalled operational mission in B-17 42‑29557, the left main landing gear would not extend. Pilot jettisoned bomb load and ball turret, then flew locally to use up fuel supply. He then made a successful landing using only the right main gear and tail wheel, resulting in minimal damage to the aircraft. RTD

Discharged USAAF 12 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Stratford, CT 16 September 1995


Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 18:27:12 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and awards


Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 17:58:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 14:13:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 327;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:52 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database