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George H Keating


Received a bronze star from 3rd AD for for his outstanding performance of his duties in aircraft maintenance in 76 bombardment opertions against the enemy which resulted in no plane being forced to return because of mechanical failures. Campaigns: Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland, Normandy, Air Offensive Europe

Bronze Star, good conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 731st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107225

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/4/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-97206 at Harwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Eindhoven 9/8/44 with Horace Bradshaw, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31319 Tangerine

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-S] Deopham Green 6/1/44; crashed on take off for mission 26/4/44 but unable to gain altitude, with Hugh Wilson, Co-pilot: Rich Bell, Navigator: Fred Duhm, Bombardier: Bill...

  • 43-38318

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Kearney 29/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/8/44; while under instruction with John Sanda aircraft ran off runway and clipped mobile lighting unit, damaging tailplane and stabilizer 25/4/45;...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Cosmopolis, WA, USA 13 May 1920
Enlisted Portland, OR, USA 29 October 1941
Based Deopham Green 8 January 1944 – 30 June 1945
separated from service Fort Lewis, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, USA 13 September 1945


Date Contributor Update
19 June 2019 03:17:40 keatinglyn Changes to media associations

scan of official document

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2019 03:12:53 keatinglyn Changes to events

I was there. Death certificate scan added

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 22:50:59 keatinglyn Changes to events and media associations

discharge record

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 22:46:23 keatinglyn Changes to role and media associations

Discharge summary

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 23:00:08 keatinglyn Changes to awards

record and report of separation
letter from French Consulate in San Francisco awarding Legion d'Honneur

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 22:54:53 keatinglyn Changes to place associations and aircraft associations

source is interview with George H Keating and loading lists of 452nd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 22:20:59 keatinglyn Changes to events

Events added from record and report of separation

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son/ Special Orders #1164 dated 24 June 1945  3rd AD, separation report