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Oliver E Davenport

Military

Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97567. Killed in Action (KIA).

Purple Heart

Staff Sergeant Oliver E. Davenport was born May 28, 1923. His next of kin was his wife, Marie Davenport. He was also survived by a daughter, Sharon Davenport, his mother, Wanda Eva Davenport, and a brother, Jack Davenport. His hometown was Drumright, Oklahoma.
On May 12, 1944, he was serving as a gunner aboard B-17 tail #43-97567, of the 96th Bomb Group, 413th Bomb Squadron, when it was downed over Weisbaden, Germany, on its way for a raid against Brux, Czechoslovakia.
He is buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-97567

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/12/43; Langley 12/1/44; Chicago 18/1/44; Langley 19/1/44; Presque Is 19/2/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-K/F] Snetterton 1/2/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Tom Moore, Bombardier: Bill Barber, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Seminole, Oklahoma 28 May 1923

Staff Sergeant Oliver E. Davenport was born May 28, 1923. His next of kin was his wife, Marie Davenport. He was also survived by a daughter, Sharon Davenport, his mother, Wanda Eva Davenport, and a brother, Jack Davenport. His hometown was Drumright, Oklahoma.

Died Wiesbaden, Germany 12 May 1944

On May 12, 1944, he was serving as a gunner aboard B-17 tail #43-97567, of the 96th Bomb Group, 413th Bomb Squadron, when it was downed over Weisbaden, Germany, on its way for a raid against Brux, Czechoslovakia.

Buried Cushing, OK 74023, USA

He is buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2020 01:59:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 16:45:51 Emily Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Combined information from duplicate record MACR 4860 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 03:42:21 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4860; Snetterton Falcons, pg 148

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