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Victor Robert Olson

Military

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9378

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Wilmer Breckenridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Kern

    Military | Major General | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: AM (3OLC), LOM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Casimir Piatek

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 'Reuel's Revenge' 42-97219. Prisoner of war (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benjamin Spevack

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theodore Wilke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Mersebrug on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 42-97219 'Reuel's Revenge', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Wyman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed near Merseburg on 28-Sep-44 in B-17 'Reuel's Revenge' 42-97219. Prisoner of war (POW). MACR 9378 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-97219 Reuel's Revenge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 12/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [C] Knettishall 12/3/44; detailed Stuttgart 4/9/44 with Vic Olson, Bombardier: David Rosenthal (Killed in Action) rest OK; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Vic...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oregon, USA 4 November 1922
Lived in Tuolumne County, CA, USA July 1942
Enlisted Roswell, NM, USA 26 July 1942

Roswell, New Mexico

Based Knettishall 1944 – 28 September 1944

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 28 September 1944
Buried Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA 8 June 1949

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno,
San Mateo County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 17:13:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/311039372
https://www.fold3.com/record/84932266/victor-r-olson-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/708347144/olson-victor-r-us-veterans-graves...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3616876/victor-r-olson#

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 02:47:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 02:27:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 16:59:34 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9378
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3616876/victor-r-olson#

NARA enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&tf=F&q=vict...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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