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Harold Elroy Tilbury


Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Evaded (EVD). MACR 15555

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

On his 4th mission he had to bail out and successfully evaded. Has a chapter about his service in the book "The Greatest Generation of Silver Wings" by Don Ward. See also his 8th AFHS-MN webpage.



  • Donald Tuttle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15555 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

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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

    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


  • 42-29663

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Homestead 19/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 2/3/43; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Don Tuttle, Co-pilot: Jim Aubele, Navigator: Chas Spear, Radio Operator: John Gardner, Tail gunner: Ed...


  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota 10 December 1914

Son of Mr Clyde A and Berthe V Tilbury.

Lived in Canby, Minnesota October 1940
Based Chelveston 1943 – 17 May 1943

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

Baled out EVD Lorient, France 17 May 1943

Shot down 17-May-43 in B-17 42-29663. Evaded (EVD). MACR 15555

Evaded capture France 17 May 1944

Evaded capture (EVD).

Died Woodinville, WA 17 February 2006
Buried Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Seattle, WA 21 February 2006

Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home
King County, WA
Plot G12 Elm Section, Lot 2A


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2019 13:08:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 12:45:19 call0031 Changes to biography and place associations

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 / MACR 15555 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database