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Lyle J Curtis

Military

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

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  • John Kriegshauser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo' which had been badly damaged by...

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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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31322 Mi Amigo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Vandalia 26/10/43; Des Moines 1/12/43; Denver 2/12/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick, UK 16/1/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 17/1/44; Transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-V] Chelveston 30/1/44; ex-Aalborg 22...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Endcliffe Park

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Teton, ID 27 March 1921

Son of Elmer Curtis.

Lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho 1941

Husband of Erma P Lyle. Married 31.08.43 pre-ETO deployment. One daughter born while he was overseas. He never saw her. Pre-war occupation: farmer.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 30 December 1941
Based Chelveston October 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF.

Died Endcliffe Park, Sheffield 22 February 1944

Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission; attempted force landing Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Killed in Action. MACR 15190

Buried 24 February 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Ucon Cemetery Ucon, Bonneville County, ID August 1948

Re-Interred
Ucon Cemetery
Ucon,
Bonneville County, ID

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 15:09:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 15:40:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 08:21:04 miAmigo Changes to events
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Personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 08:09:27 miAmigo Changes to biography, awards and events
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Personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 16:25:29 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://www.fold3.com/page/84967587-lyle-j-curtis
https://www.fold3.com/record/84967587-lyle-j-curtis
https://www.fold3.com/image/222261381?terms=Lyle%20Curtis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9115032/lyle-j-curtis

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 14:38:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://www.fold3.com/image/222261381?terms=Lyle%20Curtis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9115032/lyle-j-curtis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 85., Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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