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Ralph W Kittle

Military

Shot down 5 March 1945 in B-17 #4297542. Lost 2 engines, jettisoned bombs, lost 3rd engine headed for Russian Territory. Plane was 'City of Savannah'

POW/ DFC/ AM/ PH

Service

People

  • Irwin Boxer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Robert Warren

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Only crew member killed when crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 42-97542 'City of Savannah'

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97542 City of Savannah

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Rochester 11/1/44; Langley 13/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 25/1/44; transferred 413BS/96BG [MZ-B] Snetterton 26/1/44; 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/1/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 5/3/45 with Ralph Kittle, John Watkins,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ringgold, Georgia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 5 March 1945
Died 27 March 2001
Buried Keswick, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / newspaper obituary, MACR 12926

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