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Douglas R Venable Jr

Military

Hit and killed by flak that came into the cabin. 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose of B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' Killed in Action (KIA) May 15, 1943

Awards: SS, AM, PH.

Service

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...

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 Texas, USA 30 December 1921
Lived in Walker County, GA, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Benning, GA 31905, USA 19 June 1942

Fort Benning
Georgia

Died 15 May 1943

Hit and killed by flak that came into the cabin. 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose of B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' Killed in Action (KIA) May 15, 1943.

Buried 16 May 1943

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Buried 4161 Macon Rd, Columbus, GA 31907, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Parkhill Cemetery
Columbus
Muscogee County
Georgia, USA

Based Chelveston

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 20:19:51 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952800?terms=Douglas%20R%20Venable
https://www.fold3.com/page/83994272-douglas-r-venable-jr/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/319016361?terms=Douglas%20R%20Venable
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91828914

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 20:19:05 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952800?terms=Douglas%20R%20Venable
https://www.fold3.com/page/83994272-douglas-r-venable-jr/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/319016361?terms=Douglas%20R%20Venable
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91828914

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 122-3, NARA

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