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Ward Warren Kirkpatrick


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-May-43 in B-17 42-29481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.



  • Glenn Hagenbuch

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
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  • William Southworth

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    William Brooks 'Billy' Southworth Jr was son of Major League baseball player and manager Billy Southworth. Over three seasons from 1938-1940 Southworth enjoyed a successful career as an international league baseball player and was in 1939 honoured as...

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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. ...

  • 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


  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-29481

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/12/42; Salina 7/2/43; Denver 27/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 6/4/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen (Heligoland Is) 15/5/43 with Chester Jacques, Co-pilot: Alvin Holder, Navigator: John Bradshaw,...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.


  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

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
Born Kalispell, Montana 4 September 1924

Son of Warren Captain and Vivian Ellen [O'Leary] Kirkpatrick.

Enlisted Missoula, MT 28 December 1941

Missoula, Montana

Based Polebrook 1943 – 15 May 1943

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Sea W of Scharnhorn Island 15 May 1943

Just West of Scharnhorn Island. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK


Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 09:42:02 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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06 December 2021 09:39:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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02 August 2019 14:49:26 Dr Daniel Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Missions, 'Hagenbuch crew' connection, description of location of death:

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02 August 2019 14:42:00 Dr Daniel Changes to events


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02 August 2019 14:31:01 Dr Daniel Changes to events

Place of burial:

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02 August 2019 14:23:50 Dr Daniel Changes to aircraft associations

Aircraft 'S-For Sugar' added:

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09 March 2017 15:35:59 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15515 / MACR 15515 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 121 by Bishop and Hey, NARA, ABMC,

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