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Lonnie L Miers


Killed in Action (KIA) on raid to Palermo in 'Junior' #42-5179 Regular plane was 'Holey Joe' #41-24352 Earlier on 9 August 1942, B-17 #41-23347 'Stork' was first plane loss for 301st when Lieutenant Hair was forced to make a wheels-up landing at RAF Station Church Lawford due to engine trouble. Crew was uninjured.


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24352 Holey Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Chelveston 7/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; crash landed Mateur 9/5/43 40m with George Peabody; flak damage 6/11/43; Returned to the USA 22/10/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 31/10/45....

  • 42-5179 Junior

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; West Palm Beach 12/1/43; Assigned 352BS/301BG Ain M'Lila 22/2/43; St Donat 6/3/43; Missing in Action 4m Palermo 22/3/43 with Jim Hair, Miers, Partriquain, Seman, Burns, McLaughlin (6 Killed in Action); Yonych, Cook, Upton (3...


Event Location Date
Born Missouri
Died 22 March 1943


Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 22:59:55 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added S/N from the MACR #16153 on the 301st BG website.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 02:18:16 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added connections to A/C #41-24352 & to A/C #42-5179 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 02:12:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Emmet Cook's journal