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Kenneth V Meyer

Military

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15-May-43 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was B-17 42-29673 'Old Bill'. Awarded Silver star for landing A/C after crew wounded by fighter attack. RTD

Shot down 14-Jul-43 in B-17 42-3049 'Windy City Challenger'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 64

Awards: SS, AM (3OLC), PH.

SYNOPSIS: Kenneth V. Meyer, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action during World War II.
General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force,
General Orders No. 85 (1943)
Service: Army Air Forces

Sgt Meyer was awarded the Silver Star for action on 15 May 1943, two months before he was killed in action. After shooting down three of 20 German planes attacking the Flying Fortress in which he was a tail gunner. Sgt Meyer left his gun and hurried to the controls of the plane when 11 members of the crew were injured. Although the controls of the plane were badly shot up, Sgt Meyer made a safe landing in England although he was unable to slow the big ship below 150 miles an hour. General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 85 (1943). Action Date: May 15, 1943.

Service

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 14-Jul-43 in B-17 42-3049 'Windy City Challenger'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 64 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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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

    Group
    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...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29673 'Old Bill'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/1/43; Gt Falls 8/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Chelveston 6/4/43; then 422BS [JJ-S]; severe battle damaged Wangerooge 15/5/43 with Capt Bill Whitson, Co-pilot: Harry Holt, Bombardier: Bob Barrall (wia), Flight...

  • 42-3049 Windy City Challenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-W] New Castle 17/3/43; Chelveston 25/3/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 14/7/43 with John Perkins, Co-pilot: Art Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Dube, Ball turret gunner: Joe Wendell,...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Arizona, USA 22 August 18

Son of Louis Frank and Katherine [Bossler] Meyer.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 4 September 1941

Peoria, Illinois

Based Chelveston 1943 – 14 July 1943

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 14 July 1943
Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Epinal, France
Plot B Row 7 Grave 61

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2021 17:36:49 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763192
https://www.fold3.com/image/618963602
https://www.fold3.com/record/84346299/kenneth-v-meyer-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529848968/kenneth-v-meyer-american-battle-m...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56374240/kenneth-v-meyer
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2020 18:19:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 20:05:43 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29416433?terms=42-3049

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 64 / MACR 64, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 180, pp 122-1 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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