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Bevan W Colby Jr


Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5392 'Stric Nine'. Plane crashed into the North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Belgium 19 August 1943
Buried 19 August 1943

Plot M Row 13 Grave 17


Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 20:11:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 12:39:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards and events

Merged information from duplicate entry to include details drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 285.

Correction to surname and suffix.
Updates to biography from details at :

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:34 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 285 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database