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Harold E Kious


On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BD/322BS while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft sustained damage from repeated attacks by fighters on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. The aircraft crashed into North Sea just west of the tip of Texel Isalnd, Holland. The crew baled out but most landed in the water and were lost in the sea. The ferry boat 'Dr Wagemaker' rescued him from the North Sea and he became a Prisoner of War (POW). According to NARA, he was in Stalag Luft 3 and then moved to Nuremberg 49-11

Harold E. Kious, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on March 6, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born in Kingsburg, California, but his family moved to Fresno following the death of his father and the near-death of his mother from the Spanish flu in 1919.
Following the war, Harold used the G.I. Bill to attend Fresno State College where he majored in accounting. He ran his own accounting business in Fresno until told of a job opportunity in Albuquerque by a good friend, Lin Price, whom he had met while both were prisoners of war in Germany. He was hired and became the city of Albuquerque’s first finance director. He formed his own investment banking firm, Kious and Co., in 1971.
His death came just two days past the 65th anniversary of the Hamm mission of March 4, 1943, when the B-17 he was co-piloting, the Rose O’day, was shot down and crashed into the Waddenzee near the island of Texel, Holland. In 1987 he was reunited with three of the men who pulled him unconscious from the icy waters of the Waddenzee that day. The people of Texel have never forgotten the sacrifices of the American airmen who eventually liberated them. Harold visited Texel every summer from 1987 until just 3 years ago; they grew very fond of him and were thrilled to learn that some of Harold’s ashes will find a resting place on their island. (Folded Wings, The Ragged Irregular Newsletter, April 2008)


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24512 Rose O'Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew...


  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Fresno, California
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 4 March 1943 – 12 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Oifficially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-Jun-45.

Died 6 March 2008


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2021 01:54:03 acbernstein1 Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 22:24:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added decorations, made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added A/C model letter, Unit associations, crew position and loss details to Summary biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 8th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE also MACR 3721.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, pp. 87-88, MACR 3721, NARA POW records