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B17 Heavenly Body crew killed 27 Sept 1944
« on: Sunday 10 December 17 21:40 GMT (UK) »
I wondered some useful folk with access to US records could help me piece together some details on a B17 crew named Heavenly Body that crashed near Nailstone in Leicestershire on the 27th September 1944.

The names are
Micheal H Primus, the pilot
Louis G Deputy, the co-pilot
Richard J Hermann, Navigator 2nd Lt
Robert Campbell Simmons, Bombardier 2nd Lt
Roy E Griswold, Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Automatic Rifleman
Claude E Keele, Technical Sergeant Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF
Harry   Stoever, Ball Turret S/Sgt
Lawrence Richter, Wing Gunner S/Sgt
Americo Vergili, Tail Turret S/Sgt

Plus three members of the Mobile Training Unit:
Ralph W Franke, Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) Power Turret and Gunsight Mechanic
John C Barry, S/Sgt Airplane Instrument Mechanic
Edward Shively, Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) Airplane Electrical Mechanic

Right now I'm after as much detail about the lads as possible - Family details such as parents and siblings, place and date of birth, etc. I've traced a picture of most of the crew, with the exception of Deputy, Franke, Barry and Shively. I have dates of birth for Simmons and Keele.

All detail will be going to a book of WW2 casualties from that area that raises money for the Royal British Legion and it seems fitting to include these lads in that number. Any assistance is very much appreciated.
Cooper, Elliott, Roberts & Rose (Leicestershire)
Vicars (Buckinghamshire)
Vickers & Keen (Oxfordshire)
Robinson & Walker (Durham & Northumberland)

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Re: B17 Heavenly Body crew killed 27 Sept 1944
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 10 December 17 22:30 GMT (UK) »
If you have access to familysearch.org, you've got access to a lot of US records.  Have you tried there?

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Re: B17 Heavenly Body crew killed 27 Sept 1944
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 10 December 17 23:55 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Pennsylvania Veteran Compensation Application Files, 1950-1966, September 15, 1950.

Edward Shively Jr. b. Feb. 24, 1919 Coatesville, Chester, Pennsylvania, KIA Sept. 27, 1944, Market
Bosworth, England. Service #13011085, Branch of Service - Army Air Force, Veteran's last residence, Box 26, South Heights, Beaver, Pennsylvania, not married.
Applicant Mrs. Emma Shively, (mn Bricker) mother, 628 Fifth Ave., Caraopolis, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Parents Edward Shively deceased November 12, 1946  :(  Emma Bricker Shively.

1920 USA census
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRNJ-WQY?i=50&cc=1488411

1930 USA census
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R89-8RM?i=2&cc=1810731

1940 USA census
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9MY-HH55?i=5&cc=2000219

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Re: B17 Heavenly Body crew killed 27 Sept 1944
« Reply #8 on: Monday 11 December 17 10:11 GMT (UK) »
Thank you one and all for the prompt responses. Coming from 800 years of Englishmen I used to use Family Search regularly but can't think why I didn't try that first - lets face it is the home of Salt Lake City. Looks like its just the four missing photo's that elude me. Many thanks once again, thats been a tremendous help. :)
Cooper, Elliott, Roberts & Rose (Leicestershire)
Vicars (Buckinghamshire)
Vickers & Keen (Oxfordshire)
Robinson & Walker (Durham & Northumberland)