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Michael H Primus




  • John Barry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane Instrument Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group

  • Louis Deputy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Bullard Crew Member of Primus Crew

  • Ralph Franke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Power Turret and Gunsight Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Ralph Franke was a passenger on the last flight of the 43-37776. He was killed when it crashed on the 27th of September 1944.

  • Roy Griswould

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Richard Hermann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Claude Keele

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Lawrence Richter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew, Air Gunner

  • Harry Stoever

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane Armorer-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of the Primus Crew

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Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37776 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born St. Cloud, MN 3 October 1918
Enlisted St. Cloud, MN 10 February 1941
Died Elmside Farm, Nailstone, UK 27 September 1944

The B-17 he was piloting crashed on a night training mission

Buried 10 October 1949

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34 Sit 4757


Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 05:13:35 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank

HIs rank is on his gravestone

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 05:12:55 466thHistorian Changes to biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 15:59:48 usxpat Changes to events and media associations

Find A Grave Memorial# 15436105

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490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia