Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Frank Watkins Jr

Military

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 #43-38030 "My Achin' B" in poor weather over Thurleigh returning from mission. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10833

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • John Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38030 "My Achin' B" in poor weather over Thurleigh returning from mission. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10833 Awards: PH.

Show more

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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 23/7/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 25/8/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with 2Lt John Mitchell, 2Lt William C Shoemaker, 2Lt Frank Watkins, Sgt Phillip R Mifsud, Sgt Ashton W...

Missions

  • 685

    22 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rockwall, TX 1922

Son of Frank Snr and Claudia Neal [Smith] Watkins.

Enlisted Dallas, TX 3 February 1943

Dallas, Texas

Based Chelveston 1944 – 22 October 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Thurleigh, UK 22 October 1944

Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38030 "My Achin' B" in poor weather over Thurleigh returning from mission. KIA. MACR 10833

Buried 23 October 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot F Row 6 Grave 116

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2020 18:42:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56295366/frank-watkins

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2020 02:24:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2019 18:39:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/node/543352
https://www.fold3.com/image/29423348
https://www.fold3.com/image/625410611
https://www.fold3.com/record/84798135-frank-watkins-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/117202927?rec=117203007
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953003?rec=300718873
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56295366/frank-watkins

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2019 18:13:01 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29423348
https://www.fold3.com/image/625410611
https://www.fold3.com/record/84798135-frank-watkins-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/117202927?rec=117203007
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953003?rec=300718873
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56295366/frank-watkins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 170.

Share