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Harold Alfred Kraft

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Claude Campbell crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Gelsenkirchen in B-17 41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck'; shot down 5-Nov-43, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1157.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24565 The Ramblin' Wreck, IDAHO POTATO PEELER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10 RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Hall, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...

  • 42-3002 'The Old Squaw'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dunn County, WI 27 November 1910

Son of Conrad Jane and Mildred A Flick Kraft.

Enlisted Fort Sheridan, IL 16 March 1942

Fort Sheridan, Illinois

Based Molesworth 1943 – 5 November 1943

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 5 November 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out Gelsenkirchen, Germany 5 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Gelsenkirchen in B-17 41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck'; shot down 5-Nov-43, POW MACR 1157

Died Green Bay, WI 18 January 1969
Buried Evergreen Cemetery Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI 21 January 1969

Evergreen Cemetery
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2021 19:09:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95211015/harold-a.-kraft

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2021 18:44:31 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2021 18:41:41 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2020 16:19:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28610473
https://www.fold3.com/record/46972820-harold-kraft
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95211015/harold-a.-kraft

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2020 16:00:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28610473
https://www.fold3.com/record/46972820-harold-kraft
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95211015/harold-a.-kraft

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2020 18:59:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 22:49:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added POW camp info from POW records at the National Archives. Added a "Summary biography" copied from another of his crew.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 23:04:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 1157 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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