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George Altmann Kain

Military

May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland.

Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 42-29746. Wounded in Action (WIA). Died in a POW Hospital near Arnhem a few days later on Aug. 4, 1943.

Initially buried in the Moscowa Cemetery in Arnhem, but his body was eventually returned to Mount Vernon, NY in January of 1949 and buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29746 Excaliber

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Gt Falls 23/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salinas, Cal 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 12/7/43; Missing in...

  • 42-3143 "Bugs"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Dow Fd 18/4/43; t/o Gander en route UK 10/5/43 with ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mount Vernon, New York, USA 7 June 1922

His parents were George H. Kain, a Mount Vernon, NY Policeman, and Theresia (Altmann) Kain.

Enlisted Mount Vernon, New York, USA 18 June 1940

Enlisted NYSG and assigned 27th Division, HQ Detachment.

Based Kimbolton 31 May 1943 – 30 July 1943

RAF Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England.

Wounded in Action (WIA) Angeren, The Netherlands 30 July 1943

Shot down over Angeren, Holland on the return to RAF Kimbolton from bombing mission (80) to Kassel, Germany. Initially survived the explosion/crash of his B-17 over Angeren, but died Aug. 4, 1943 in a POW Hospital near Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Died Arnhem, The Netherlands 4 August 1943

Died Aug. 4, 1943 in a POW Hospital near Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Buried New Rochelle, New York, USA 20 January 1949

Buried Jan. 20 (ca.), 1949, in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2021 14:50:17 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2019 18:32:04 k9footsoldier Changes to events
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Updated.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2019 18:13:51 k9footsoldier Changes to middlename, biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Updated from various sources, genealogical research project.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2019 23:18:25 k9footsoldier Changes to place associations and mission associations
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Addition.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2019 23:17:10 k9footsoldier Changes to service number
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Addition of SN.

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2019 23:07:30 k9footsoldier Changes to media associations
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1943 news clipping believed to be out of copyright and in the public domain.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1355 / MACR 1355; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 271 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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