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Curtis R Biddick


Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5860 'Escape Kit', Killed in Action (KIA).
Earlier on 24 July 1943 flew B-17 #42-30184 'Muggs' flew first 8th AF attack on Norwegian target. Crash landed on return at Aberdeenshire. All crew returned.


Units served with


  • 42-30184

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 9/6/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 10/6/43; detailed mission to Trondheim 24/7/43 with Curtis Biddick, rest unknown; crash landed at RAF Fraserburgh, Scotland, on return; Salvaged 5...

  • 42-5860 'ESCAPE KIT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Denver 2/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill Fd 17/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43 as POONTANG (never painted on); Missing in Action Schweinfurt (Regensburg) 17/8/43 with Curtis Biddick ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...


Event Location Date
Born Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 17 August 1943
Died 17 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 17:47:45 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #42-30184 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 17:41:00 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added a connection to the Mission "VIII Bomber Command 75" on 24 Jul 1943.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 18:27:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 675 / MACR 675, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey, p.187 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database