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Kenneth Virgil Bope


Assigned to 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Having completed 28 missions as a lead pilot of a B-17. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Poweshiek County, IA, USA 27 April 1916

Son of John C and Bertha N Bope.

Lived in Zanesville, OH 43701, USA 1942
Enlisted Wheeling, WV 26003, USA 21 May 1942
Based Snetterton Heath May 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 1945

Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Died 20 March 2012


Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 12:28:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2017 16:46:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- Combat Chronology; Snetterton Falcons, pg 149 ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2016 14:08:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:00 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list