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Louis Kiss


Crew Number 7. Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 16 x aboard 42-30713 "Phyllis Marie" ). Tail Gunner on B-17 "Phyllis Marie". He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross shortly after the image of him in the tail gun was taken and earned the nicknamed "The Kiss of Death" as he shot down three German aircraft in ten minutes.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Perry Row

    Military | Captain | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 7. Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions (17 aboard 42-30713 "Phyllis Marie"). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), 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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30713 Phyllis Marie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/7/43; Scott 10/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-E] Framlingham 25/8/43; Missing in Action [34m] Berlin 6/3/44 with Max Quakenbush, Co-pilot: Roger Johnson, Navigator: Amergo Bassi, Bombardier: Harry Bell, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...


Event Location Date
Born Storrs, Mansfield, CT, USA 2 November 1914
Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 29 September 1942
Based Framlingham September 1943 – March 1944

Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Connecticut, USA 13 May 1994
Buried Mansfield Center, Mansfield, CT 06250, USA June 1994

New Mansfield Center Cemetery, Connecticut


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2018 21:13:57 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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16 February 2015 12:28:32 Emily Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, aircraft associations and media associations

Nephew- Todd Hodrinsky

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27 September 2014 18:19:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /