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Fred W Dierks

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed at Uklei on 6/21/44 in B-24 #4295145 Killed in Action (KIA)

Technical Sergeant Fred W. Dierks was born May 20, 1922. His next of kin was his brother, John Dierks. He was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was serving as the Top Turret Gunner aboard B-24 tail #42-95145 of the 389th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, when his plane went down over Koenigwasterhausen, Germany, on June 21, 1944.
Because the remains of TSGT Dierks and his crewmates could not be separately identified, they were buried together in a group grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Service

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Little Rock, Arkansas, USA 20 May 1922

Technical Sergeant Fred W. Dierks was born May 20, 1922. His next of kin was his brother, John Dierks. He was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 21 June 1944

He was serving as the Top Turret Gunner aboard B-24 tail #42-95145 of the 389th Bomb Group, 566th Bomb Squadron, when his plane went down over Koenigwasterhausen, Germany, on June 21, 1944.

Died 21 June 1944
Buried Saint Louis, MO, USA

Because the remains of TSGT Dierks and his crewmates could not be separately identified, they were buried together in a group grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 03:55:50 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6528 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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