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Harold James Kuhn

Military

Harold Kuhn enlisted in the Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbour. Training as a heavy bomber pilot, he received his wings at Altus, Oklahoma on 26 June 1943. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/360th Bomb Squadron, he was sent to England and as co-pilot on board B-17 #42-31441, he was killed in its crash after a mid-air collision with another Fortress (42-29747 of 379th BG) during assembly for the Kiel mission on 5 January 1944.

Service

People

  • Arthur Berntzen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Lee Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-29747. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Benajah Burkitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Alvin Cantrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Herbert Foote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Philip Gatewood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Fred Reith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Cleve Rush

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • William Stoffregen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31441

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3 November 1943. Kearney 16 November 1943. Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 4 January 1944. Lost in collision with a B-17 from another group (42-29747 of the 379th Bomb Group) during the take-off climb to the Group formation area. The...

  • 42-37887

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 22/11/43; during assembly for mid-air coll with #42-31441 (303 BG), with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank Mailander, Navigator: Bob Romme, Bombardier: Burton Kashatt,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hanston, Kansas, United States 1919

the son of Emil and Mary Emma Kuhn

Lived in Marena Township, Hodgeman County, Kansas, United States 1940
Enlisted Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States 9 January 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Died Catworth, Huntingdonshire, United Kingdom 5 January 1944

in the collision of B-17 42-31441 with a 379th BG Fortress (42-29747)

Buried

Harold Kuhn rests at Plot F, Row 2, Grave 7

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2020 15:13:35 hooahman336 Changes to events
Sources

Well established records of the collision of the BURKITT & KILLION aircraft

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2020 15:09:15 hooahman336 Changes to biography
Sources

Well established records on the collision of the BURKITT & KILLION aircraft on the morning of 5 Jan 43

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 11:15:59 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Made connection with photo

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 11:14:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

US Censuses 1930 and 1940
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
ABMC Website
Contacts with Gail Coleman, niece of Harold Kuhn

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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