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Harold A Krumsiek

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Harold Krumsiek Jr. was born on April 10th 1924 in Worcester, MA. His parents were Harold and Bernice.

Harold joined the US Army Air Corp in 1943 and his first bombing mission was on 2 Oct 1943 over Kassel Germany. He completed 35 bombing missions with the unit. He meet his future wife (Eva Sheldrake) will stationed in England. Eva Sheldrake was in the WRNS stationed in London. At the end of the 35 bombing missions he was sent back stateside. Hoping to get back to England, he re-enlisted but was assigned to cargo planes flying in the Pacific. His future wife came to the states for a visit to Washington DC in 1948, but went up to Springfield, MA for a visit and got married within 2 months. At the end of the war, Harold remained in the US Air Force reserves until 1952.

Harold received his purple heart while flying over Cologne, Germany. They crash landed at least once in Belgium. A number of times the plane came back damaged due to the shrapnel. The last plane that he was navigator was a B-17 named 'Utah Gal' piloted by Robert K. Hawkins.

He was the father of four children, Paul, Pamela, Peter and Perry and eight grandchildren.

He lived in Massachusetts his entire live, namely in Worcester, Springfield, Granby and South Hadley. He started work at Texon, Inc in 1952 and continued there until his retirement in 1985.

Service

Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38614 Utah Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 4/9/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 19/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Missions

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 677

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 678

    15 October 1944

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2016 23:11:07 pkrumsiek Changes to biography
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Peter

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04 December 2016 23:06:49 pkrumsiek Changes to biography
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Peter

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04 December 2016 23:04:39 pkrumsiek Changes to aircraft associations and media associations
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Aircraft updated from Facebook

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 22:40:39 pkrumsiek Changes to media associations
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Peter

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 21:18:40 pkrumsiek Changes to biography
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Peter

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 21:00:21 pkrumsiek Changes to mission associations
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Harold Krumsiek records

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 20:20:44 pkrumsiek Changes to mission associations
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Harold Krumsiek records

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 19:56:23 pkrumsiek Changes to mission associations
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Harold Krumsiek records

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 19:13:32 pkrumsiek Changes to awards
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Military Reocrd

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 19:11:25 pkrumsiek Changes to highest rank and role
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Military Record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:58 AAM AAM ingest
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1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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