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Louis F Koch

Military

Shot down by flak and crashed at Viernhsim in B-24 41-28778 Killed in Action (KIA). Fighting fire in bomb bay with S/Sgt Marshall A Tharpe when a chute opened catching fire and engulfing them both.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Marshall Tharpe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Viernhsim in B-24 41-28778 Killed in Action (KIA). Fighting fire in bomb bay with S/Sgt Louis F Koch when his chute opened catching fire and engulfing them both. Awards: 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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28778

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Hit by flak just after bombs away, causing a fire in the bomb bay and taking out #3 engine. A/C edged out of formation and dove straight down exploding in mid air and...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Michigan, USA 16 March 1922
Lived in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA 1941
Died Viernheim, Germany 31 July 1944

Shot down by flak and crashed at Viernhsim in B-24 41-28778 Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Maxwell, NE 69151, USA 1946

Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Maxwell
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 12:22:36 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29436106/?terms=41-28778
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Koch&GSfn=Louis&GS...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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