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David H Palmer


Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29925 'The Duchess'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Pueblo 28/3/43; Presque Is 9/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-L] Polebrook 17/4/43; 39m 2 BAD Warton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/6/44; Hendricks 9/8/44; Rapid City 12/9/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born 10 September 1923

Son of Harry and Mary Palmer

Marriage 1942

Married Mary Lou Sasser.

Enlisted Seattle, WA 7 March 1942

Seattle, Washington

Flight training Luke Field, Phoenix, AZ December 1942 – January 1943

Completed his flight training, awarded wings and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Luke Field Phoenix, Arizona.

Based Polebrook 1943 – October 1943

Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Bellevue, WA 22 October 2008
Buried Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park Seattle, King County, WA 25 October 2008

Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park
King County, Washington


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06 January 2022 11:28:10 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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Personal memorabilia

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20 May 2021 01:24:39 Douglas P Changes to service number and highest rank

8th Airforce

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8th Air Force

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27 September 2014 18:07:03 AAM AAM ingest

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