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Louis William Dolan

Military

Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew number 59. 32 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 44-8080; A/C hit by flak 30-Nov-44, subsequent mid air collision with 42-97407 sealed his fate. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11131

Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Dana Gary

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew number 59. 25 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 44-8080; A/C hit by flak 30-Nov-44, subsequent mid air collision with 42-97407 sealed his fate. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11131 ...

  • Jean Raas

    Military | Captain | Command Navigator / Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew number 59. 28 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 44-8080; A/C hit by flak 30-Nov-44, subsequent mid air collision with 42-97407 sealed his fate. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11131 ...

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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

    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
  • 570th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8080 'The Saint'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/6/44; Romulus 30/6/44; Dorval 27/6/44; slated RAF HB 813; transferred 385BG Gt Ashfield 4/8/44; then 570BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 5/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Capt Dana Gray, Lt Col Lou Dolan, Francis Verfirth,...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Denver, CO 27 December 1919

Son of Francis Edward and Dorothy M [Spetnagel] Dolan.

Lived in Fort Morgan, CO 1941

Next of Kin; Wife Helen Marie [Beacham] Dolan.

Enlisted 14 June 1941
Based Framlingham 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Flur Oberkotzau, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 44-8080; A/C hit by flak 30-Nov-44, subsequent mid air collision with 42-97407 sealed his fate. KIA. MACR 11131

Buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO 1949

Re-Interred
Crown Hill Cemetery
Wheat Ridge,
Jefferson County, CO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2019 21:48:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30641957
https://www.fold3.com/image/320473654
https://www.fold3.com/image/538590609
https://www.fold3.com/record/84763097-louis-w-dolan
https://www.fold3.com/image/201865750?rec=201865822
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763480?rec=299416990
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70147157/louis-william-dolan

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 15:37:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 11131

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11131 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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