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Raymond H Bidwell

Military

Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • John Cannell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elvin Cocherall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mario Del Re

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001 'Mary Ann' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Victor Ghesquier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Peter Murray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Prentiss

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wayne Rader

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Evaded. (MACR 1297 incorrectly lists his last name as 'Bades')E&E from Corbeil, France to England (via a fishing boat from Brest, France) AMPH

  • Jack Ryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30001 MARY ANN

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-E] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Raymond H. Bidwell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Cannell, Ball turret gunner: Tom Johnson...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Barrington, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 16 August 1943
Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Raymond Bidwell rests at Plot A, Row 6, Grave 34

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 03:33:19 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2018 14:43:07 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1297 / MACR 1297; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 275 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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