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Daniel Blaine Harris

Military

Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW).

Retired from a 31 year career in the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

Service

People

  • Eugene Albers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Bidgood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Boebel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Bushing

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clement Ehmet

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lyndle Newman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Rupert Pulliam

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW http://www.tnmagazine.org/service-before-self/

  • Eldon Slager

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 41-29365. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Styslinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29365

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3840 Notes:29365 (466th BG, 787th BS) lost Apr 8, 1944. MACR 3840

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 510

    2 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bancroft, Idaho, USA 22 December 1922
Lived in Soda Springs, ID 83276, USA 1942
Shot Down in the vicinity of Vorsfelde, Wolfsburg, Germany 8 April 1944

Shot down by ME-109's. Harris escaped the burning aircraft by bailing out through the bomb bay.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 15 April 1944

Stalag Luft I

Died Soda Springs, ID 83276, USA 30 April 2001

Idaho State Journal, Thursday, 05/03/01

SODA SPRINGS — Daniel Blaine Harris, 78, of Soda Springs, passed away Monday, April 30, 2001, at his home. He was born September 22, 1922, in Davisville, Idaho, the son of Franklin W. and Florence Pearl Balls Harris. He married Melva Call June 30, 1942, in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple.

He was raised and educated in Thatcher and Soda Springs, graduating from Soda Springs High School. He received a master's in electronics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

He served in the USAF as a combat pilot (World War II), nuclear researcher, military airlift commander (Vietnam War), and Defense intelligence officer for the Pentagon. He was stationed at military bases around the world. He was also a POW in Germany for 13 months. When he retired after 31 years of service, he held the rank of colonel.

He enjoyed singing, camping, hunting, fishing, flying and traveling with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Melva, of Soda Springs; and four daughters, Geri Bateman, Arcata, Calif., Diana Johnson, Rexburg, Idaho, JoAnn Stewart, Mesa, Ariz., Holly Stephenson, Vienna, Va.; also 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one brother and sister, LaPhene (Don) Harris and Marye Paulsen of Utah. He was preceded in death by a son, Franklin Willard Harris, a daughter, Melva Jean Harris, and two brothers, Berdean and Denton Harris.

Buried Soda Springs, ID 83276, USA 5 May 2001

Fairview Cemetery
Soda Springs
Caribou County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Block 5-J, Lot 3-4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2020 21:14:17 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank
Sources

Updated his rank per info from his obit.

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2020 21:12:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 22:27:36 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

466th BG HIstorian
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Harris&GSfn=Daniel...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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