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Ollie Noble Van Horssen

Military

Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 41-28710 'Squat 'N Droppit' shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. Evaded (EVD).

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

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...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28710 "Squat 'N Droppit"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 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 Chicago, IL 27 April 1924

Son of Ruth N Van Horssen.

Enlisted Kalamazoo, MI 5 March 1943

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Based Seething 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Rennes, France 12 June 1944

B-24 41-28710 'Squat 'N Droppit' shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. Evaded (EVD).

Died 1975
Buried Coopersville-Polkton Cemetery Coopersville, Ottawa County, MI 1975

Coopersville-Polkton Cemetery
Coopersville, Ottawa County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2021 11:48:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28622263
https://www.fold3.com/image/662150473
https://www.fold3.com/record/89784866/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.8af.org/vanhorssen-ollie-v4945-448bg.cfm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114698115/ollie-n.-van_horssen

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 20:42:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28622263
https://www.fold3.com/image/662150473
https://www.8af.org/vanhorssen-ollie-v4945-448bg.cfm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114698115/ollie-n.-van_horssen

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 04:08:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 12:42:47 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28622263

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 17:37:03 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5803 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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