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Herbert Charles Chambers Jr

Military

Herbert Chambers enlisted in the US Army on July 23, 1930. He was Flying Cadet stationed in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1931 and entered the Air Corps Reserves on July 1, 1931, where he remained until being honorably discharged on July 30, 1933 at the rank of Second Lieutenant. He continued flying as a civilian during the mid 1930’s, including as a crop duster in Belzoni, Miss., in 1937. On April 29, 1939, he returned to active duty in the Air Corps. A member of the 97th Bomb Group, Major Herbert Chambers was a passenger on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland. Major Chambers and the rest of the 12-man crew left uninjured and were brought safely to England. The 97th Bomb Group was transferred to North Africa at the end of October 1942, and Major Chambers served there. He served in the following campaigns of Air Offensive Europe - Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, and Rome-Arno. Transferred to the 12th Air Force, he became Commanding Officer of the 322nd Air Service Group. He retired from the USAF with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Service

People

  • Paul Blaida

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew 36 missions and was also with the 12th, 15th Air Corps & Air Force. Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters; 4 Campaign ribbons, two theatres of operation Europe and North Africa; Caterpillar Club. ...

  • Thomas Burton

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Thomas Burton was on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland. Burton...

  • William Dorsett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    27 June 1942 B-17E-BO AC#41-9090 crash landed near Narsak island due to bad weather conditions. All 12 crew members left uninjured and the plane sank within a minute. Crew was transitioning to England.

  • William Ivanhoff

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    William Matthew Ivanhoff (also known as Matthew Ivanhoff) was on board B-17E-BO A/C #41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35...

  • John Mayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    June 1942 B-17E-BO AC#41-9090 crash landed near Narsak island due to bad weather conditions. All 12 crew members left uninjured and the plane sank within a minute. Crew was transitioning to England.

  • Clarence Nichols

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Text from Lakeview Junior High School History teacher Rebecca A. Duda (November 2017) : “In 1938, Dracut native Clarence Buxton Nichols dropped out of Dracut High School to enlist in the Army for a three-year enlistment. He served in the infantry and...

  • John Nichols

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Lt John Nichols was pilot of B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland....

  • Edward Weathers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hay p. 15 27 June 1942 B-17E-BO AC#41-9090 crash landed near Narsak island due to bad weather conditions. All 12 crew members left uninjured and the plane sank within a minute. Crew was transitioning to England.

  • Grover Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Grover Williams was a passenger on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One,...

  • Frederick Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Frederick Wilson was on board B-17E-BO AC# 41-9090 transitioning to England from the United States on 27 June 1942 when it had to ditch near an island in Narsarsuaq Fjord, near Narsaq, in 1500ft of water, 35 miles SW of Bluie West One, Greenland....

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-9090 The SOONER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 11 April 1942. Assigned 342BS/97BG Sarasota 26 April 1942. Presque Isle 29 May 1942. Flying from Goose Bay to Bluie West One at Narsarsuaq, Greenland on 27 June 1942 in foggy weather, with the impossibility to make radio contact and a...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tucson, Arizona, United States 8 July 1908

the son of Herbert Charles Chambers Sr and Mabel C. Chambers

Lived in Tucson, Arizona, United States 1930
Enlisted 23 June 1930

Flying Cadet, Regular Army, honorably discharged, 6/30/31

Enlisted 1 July 1931

Second Lieutenant, Air Corps Reserve. Honorable release from active duty, 6/30/1933

Enlisted 29 April 1939

Entered Active Duty as Executive Officer

Died Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States 21 June 1993
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 19:59:24 ChadF Changes to biography
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Personal records of Col. Chambers

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 19:53:17 ChadF Changes to biography
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Corrected typo

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 19:47:23 ChadF Changes to biography and events
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Col. Chambers military service records

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 19:30:03 ChadF Changes to suffix and awards
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Personal records

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 18:59:50 ChadF Changes to events
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US Armed Forces Reports of Transfer / Discharge and USA Certifications of Military Service

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 15:46:24 ChadF Changes to biography
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Corrected typo

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 15:36:25 ChadF Changes to media associations
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This photo belongs to me, Chad Fillmore, and I am the grandson of Col. Chambers, to whom the photo originally belonged.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 15:08:16 ChadF Changes to suffix and biography
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Corrected typo

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2017 10:39:36 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, highest rank, biography, events and person associations
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US Censuses 1930 and 1940
Social Security Death Index

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:21 AAM AAM ingest
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97th BG/ 342nd BS Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hay p.15 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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