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Charles Locke Gurney II


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed near Afferden, Holland on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17 42-31510 'Paperdoll'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Donald McCall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. ...

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

    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


  • 42-31021 WHIRLAWAY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 4/9/43; Scott 25/9/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-K] Kimbolton 22/11/43; targeted Waggum, near Brunswick 30/1/44 with Don McCall, Co-pilot: Chas Gurney, Navigator: Dan Darling, Bombardier: Bob Daniels, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 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...

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 VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, New York, USA 5 October 1919

Son of William H and Edwina [Sykes] Gurney.

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 22 February 1944

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

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Bavaria 22 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Died 16 August 1994
Buried Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, NY 20 August 1994

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County, New York


Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 18:33:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 19:39:57 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 05:05:41 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added connection to A/C # 42-31021 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2875 / MACR 2875, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database