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Paul V Matthew

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland 10-May-43. Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. MACR 1352

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought off fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29866 'Judy B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 21/4/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Chas Biglar, Bombardier: John Boyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Tyler,...

  • 42-3143 "Bugs"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Dow Fd 18/4/43; t/o Gander en route UK 10/5/43 with ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Saltillo, Indiana, USA 6 September 1920
Enlisted Louisville, KY 10 August 1942

Louisville, Kentucky

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 16 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Baled out POW Le Bourget, France 16 August 1943

Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. MACR 1352

Died Lawrence County, IN 23 June 1977
Buried Cresthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery Bedford, Lawrence County, IN 28 June 1977

Cresthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery
Bedford,
Lawrence County, IN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 19:07:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/88931124-paul-v-matthew
https://www.fold3.com/image/208884020?rec=208884055
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/142912469/paul-v_-matthew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1352 / MACR 1352, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116, 234. NARA. 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 274 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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