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Harry Lewis Harris

Military

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 30-Dec-43 in B-24 41-28599. Remained in A/C, after crew baled out, along with Pilot, Copilot and Radio Op trying to free the bomb bay doors. Survived the crash and susequent fire. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28599

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven shot down 30-Dec-43, 6 x crew baled out, pilot, copilot, radio operator and engineer remained with A/C, with only the engineer surviving the crash. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA....

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, USA 24 July 1919
Lived in Longview, Washington, USA 1941
Based Seething 1943 – 30 December 1943

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 30 December 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Shot down Cul-des-Sarts, 5660 Couvin, Belgium 30 December 1943

Shot down 30-Dec-43 in B-24 41-28599. Prisoner of War (POW).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2016 16:42:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28599
https://www.fold3.com/image/28657742

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4177 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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