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David Christopher Allen

Military

Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Crashed, exploded and burned 5-Jan-45 in assembly ship B-24 44-40165 'Rage in Heaven' near Swaffham after taking off in a snowstorm to lead the assembly of the group. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, EAME (5 x battle stars).

Service

People

  • Vernon McKinstry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot of 44-40230 'Tung Hoi', Pilot of 44-40165 'Rage in Heaven'. Crashed, exploded and burned 5-Jan-45 in assembly ship 'Rage in Heaven' near Swaffham after taking off in a snowstorm to lead the assembly of the...

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. ...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 852nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-40165 Rage In Heaven

    B-24 Liberator
    Retired from operations with the 852nd Squadron and served as 491st forming aircraft. Crashed on take-off on 5 Jan 1945 killing all the crew.

Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas County, TX 20 October 1913

Son of Gray L. and Frances E [Braddock] Allen.

Enlisted Dallas, TX 8 October 1942

Dallas, Texas

Training Sheppard Field, Chicago, IL 1943

Trained - Sheppard Field, Chicago, Illinois

Training Fort Myers, Florida 1943

Trained - Fort Myers, Florida

Based North Pickenham 10 May 1944 – 5 January 1945

Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Swaffham, UK 5 January 1945

Crashed, exploded and burned in assembly ship B-24 44-40165 'Rage in Heaven' near Swaffham Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 6 January 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot D Row 3 Grave 80

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2021 14:49:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952954
https://www.fold3.com/record/529898274/david-c-allen-american-battle-mon...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287329/david-christopher-allen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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