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Charles McDonald Olson

Military

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-31535; shot down by enemy aircraft on 30-Jan-44, baled out near Essern, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2876

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Kenneth Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on 30-Jan-44 in B-17 42-31535, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2876 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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...

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31040 Duffy's Tavern

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43. [The crewmen shown in FRE 1236 would have been Captain Arvid Dahl's crew: ...

  • 42-31535

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Syracuse 8/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-Y] Kimbolton 24/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Adams, Co-pilot: Jack Bowden, Navigator: Vince Morkus, Bombardier: Leon...

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 IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Elizabethton, Tennessee 10 July 1924

Son of Edwin O and Lula W Olson.

Enlisted Richmond, VA 24 November 1942

Richmond, Virginia

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 30 January 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 30 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out POW Essern, Germany 30 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-31535; shot down by enemy aircraft on 30-Jan-44, baled out near Essern, Germany. POW MACR 2876

Died 28 February 2005
Buried Glenwood Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum, Bristol, Sullivan County, TN March 2005

Glenwood Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 14:16:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/685152540
https://www.fold3.com/image/638860278
https://www.fold3.com/record/83829553-charles-m-olson
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181194828/charles-mcdonald-olson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2876 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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