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Ward W Kirkpatrick


Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Glenn Hagenbuch

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. 7-Aug-42 Assigned as Pilot with crew to B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 2-Sep-42...

  • Billy Southworth

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-29481

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/12/42; Salina 7/2/43; Denver 27/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 6/4/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen (Heligoland Is) 15/5/43 with Chester Jacques, Co-pilot: Alvin Holder, Navigator: John Bradshaw,...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.


  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...


Event Location Date
Born Kalispell, Montana
Enlisted Missoula, Montana 28 December 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 15 May 1943

Just West of Scharnhorn Island.

Died 15 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:49:26 Dr Daniel Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Missions, 'Hagenbuch crew' connection, description of location of death:

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:42:00 Dr Daniel Changes to events


Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:31:01 Dr Daniel Changes to events

Place of burial:

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:23:50 Dr Daniel Changes to aircraft associations

Aircraft 'S-For Sugar' added:

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 15:35:59 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15515 / MACR 15515 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 121 by Bishop and Hey, NARA, ABMC,

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