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Melvin Newton Toloso


Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew with James Crew. Completed 29 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Herbert James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Among other planes flew on Shark Tooth

  • Donald Kent

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator/Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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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

    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


  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Camden, MO 9 July 1925

Son of Doshia

Enlisted Kansas City, MO 25 August 1943

Kansas City, Missouri

Based Deenethorpe February 1945 – April 1945

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

Discharged USAAF 1 March 1970

Honourable discharge.

Died Bossier City, LA 4 October 2002
Buried Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mausoleum Red Chute, Bossier Parish,LA 7 October 2002

Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Red Chute, Bossier Parish, LA


Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 22:09:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /">>