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Vern Peter Deehr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 8-Jun-43 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov. Bomb Group. Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • 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

    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


  • 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,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

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 Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Renville County, ND 14 February 1919

Son of Theodore M and Jennie M Deehr.

Enlisted Seattle, Washington 6 January 1942

Seattle, Washington

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 16 August 1943

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

Pilot training Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, TX 1943

Training Advanced - Class 43-D Goodfellow Field San Angelo, Texas

Pilot training Hicks Field, Fort Worth, TX 1943

Training Primary - Hicks Field

Baled out POW Le Bourget, France 16 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget; Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866. POW MACR 1352

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 16 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Veradale, WA 21 October 2006
Buried Saint Josephs Cemetery, Trentwood, Spokane County, WA 25 October 2006

Saint Josephs Cemetery
Spokane County, WA


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1352 / MACR 1352, RPBG Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 145, 234; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 274 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database