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Harvey Leonard Eakes


Harvey Eakes had enlisted before the entry of the US into the war. Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew some missions before being transferred to the USAAF – 78th Fighter Group/82nd Fighter Squadron. He was piloting P-47 #42-75602 on strafing attacks on German airfields in Germany on 5 April 1944. His Thunderbolt was shot down by Flak over Saint-Omer, France and crashed near Tatinghem. Killed In Action (KIA). The Missing Air Crew Report is mentioned as being MACR 3621, but no trace to be found…


Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-75602

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 #42-75602 was piloted by Lt Harvey Eakes on strafing attacks on German airfields in Germany, 5 April 1944. Shot down by Flak over Saint-Omer, France and crashed near Tatinghem. Pilot Killed In Action (KIA). The Missing Air Crew Report is mentioned...


  • 8th Air Force 289 & FO 288 FIGHTER STRAFING

    5 April 1944
    A combined force of 456 fighters of types: P-38, P-47 and P-51 are despacthed to carry out strafing attacks on airfields in Germany. All units are 8th Air Force units. 11 airfields are attacked with excellent results. Despatch summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born North Carolina 14 August 1922

Greene, Greene County, North Carolina

Lived in 1942

Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina

Enlisted 19 November 1942

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

remains found April 1944

his charred, unidentifiable remains were discovered by the Germans on the crash site and were buried at an unknown location

Killed In Action (KIA) 5 April 1944

in the crash of his P-47 #42-75602, south of Tatinghem, 3km SW of Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France


After the war, Harvey Eakes' remains were transferred to the Normandy American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France - Plot D – Row 28 – Grave 42


Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 15:10:40 ED-BB Changes to biography

Added date of mission in Summary biography

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 14:44:51 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
WWII Draft Card
NARA Captured German Records : J-807 à
ABMC website
Note : the A/C number is 42-75602 and not 42-76502...

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 14:40:01 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events

Combined two entries for Harvey L Eakes. This entry now includes information from the following source:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

NARA enlistment record:

ABMC record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:32 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC MACR 3621;losses of the 8th & 9th page 28 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3621 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database