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Raymond E Harman

Military

Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 44-6129

Service

People

  • William McKeon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne in B-17 3446129 on 19 July 1944 and Evaded

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-3507 "DUFFY'S TAVERN"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/7/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) South Plains 1/10/45. DUFFY'S TAVERN.

  • 44-6129

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-A] Deenethorpe 7/6/44. ...

Missions

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 418

    17 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 445

    28 June 1944

  • 455

    6 July 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sargent, Nebraska 21 February 1921
Lived in Riverton, Wyoming 1942
Enlisted Denver, Colorado 18 May 1942

6'0"
190 lbs

Assigned Wendover Field, Utah 11 March 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group at Wendover Field, Utah as a member of Crew #3 per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943. Apparently Harman was transferred out of the 384th Bomb Group prior to the 384th Bomb Group's deployment to the ETO. No records have been located to establish a specific date for the transfer.

Shot Down/WIA?Captured Corne, France 19 July 1944

The 401st provided the entire 94th Combat Wing "A" formation, consisting of three Boxes, on this long mission to southern Germany. For a change, it became apparent at the IP that the target could be bombed visually, and all three boxes bombed their primary MPI"s with excellent results. The Lead Box placed 100% of its bombs within 2,000 feet of the MPI and 80% within 1,000 feet. The Low Box's results were only slightly less accurate, while the High Box dropped incendiary bombs with good effect.
No enemy fighters were encountered, but flak was moderate to intense and accurate. This resulted in the loss of one aircraft and battle damage to 12 others, three of which received major damage. The aircraft shot down (No. 44-6129), which was piloted by Lt. William J. McKeon, attempted to stay in formation but was unable to maintain altitude. All crew members parachuted to safety, and Lt. McKeon was successful in evading capture.

POW Bad Soden, Germany 20 July 1944 – May 1945

Lazarett IX-B (Hospital)
May have suffered a partial leg amputation

Died Nampa, Idaho 12 June 2005
Buried Boise, Idaho 16 June 2005

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States of America

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 14:50:16 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
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https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4773

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 02:38:18 bombercommand Changes to events
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https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4773

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 02:37:31 bombercommand Changes to events
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https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4773

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 02:36:03 bombercommand Changes to events
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https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4773

Information from AAM file https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/178320 was consolidated in this file on 2020-02-25.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 22:40:43 466thHistorian Changes to events and person associations
Sources

corrected connection to pilot

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 22:39:46 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/pow-camps.html
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2130
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=10025004...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=75539551...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60525&h=9162300...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8157,

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