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Max Edward Kirby

Military

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Carl Short crew.

Missions: Furstenfeldbrugh 9-Apr-45; Oranienburg 10-Apr-45; Royan 15-Apr-45; Regensburg 16-Apr-45; Falkenburg 19-Apr-45; flew spare Dresden 17-Apr-45. Flew several 'Cooks Tours' after war ended in Europe, then flew our combat plane back to US with 10 extra passengers, 3-Jun-45.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Carl Short

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Last 5 missions of ETO. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wendel Weatherly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Carl Short crew. Last 5 missions of ETO. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37602 'Lady Vivian'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 17/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 602BS/401 BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38077 'Tagalong', 'Duke's Mixture'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 14/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-Q] Deenethorpe 5/8/44 DUKE'S MIXTURE; 614BS [IW-H]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6//6/45; 4169 BU Sth Plains 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 43-38330 'Gambler's Choice'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-Z] Deenethorpe 21/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38425

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/8/44; Lincoln 27/8/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 7/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dunwoody, Georgia 24 November 1923

Son of Tolleson Jefferson and Laura Lucinda [Little] Kirby.

Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 25 February 1943

Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia

Based Deenethorpe 1945 – 1945

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Cumming, GA 19 April 2010
Buried New Hope Cemetery Dunwoody, DeKalb County, GA 22 April 2010

New Hope Cemetery
Dunwoody, DeKalb County, Georgia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2021 21:26:59 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138344430/max-edward-kirby

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2021 19:03:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/646549596
https://www.fold3.com/record/88326453/max-e-kirby-wwii-army-enlistment-r...
https://www.fold3.com/record/111221911/max-edward-kirby-social-security-...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2713
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=12631
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138344430/max-edward-kirby

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2018 23:21:25 gfeindel Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

401st Bomb Group web site and personal papers of Calvin Hallman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2713

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