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Weldon Harve Bledsoe

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Arvid Dahl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 tours (47 missions) Schweinfurt August 1943 and 14 October 1943; acting C. O. 524th Sq August - November 1944; Pilot B-17 first (and only) glide bomb mission on Cologne 1943; flew only squadron Group Wing leads...

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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-29772 MOJO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-29890 Stupifier, ‘Madame Pisonya'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Bangor 14/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 22/4/43; then 526BS [LF-J]; battle damaged Anklam 9/10/43 crash landed base near base on return, with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-29897 'CENSORED (FOREQUETOO)'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 42-31510 Paperdoll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Romulus 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 4/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Don McCall, Co-pilot: Chas Gurney, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-3325 'Paddy Gremlin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 1/6/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex...

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Margaret, TX 7 February 1916

Son of Earl and Wivie Brisco Bledsoe.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 9 April 1941

Los Angeles, California

Based Kimbolton August 1943 – April 1944

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

Died Henderson, NE 4 February 1995
Buried Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth, TX 7 February 1995

Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park
Fort Worth,
Tarrant County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 19:40:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/90870600-weldon-h-bledsoe
https://www.fold3.com/image/629555422?terms=bledsoe,weldon
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=4636
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8446488/weldon-harvey-bledsoe

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 19:37:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/90870600-weldon-h-bledsoe
https://www.fold3.com/image/629555422?terms=bledsoe,weldon
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=4636
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8446488/weldon-harvey-bledsoe

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