Kimber, William V., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 9, Grave 53

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
William V. Kimber was born in 1925 in Pennsylvania. He was a son of William and Katherine Kimber. The US Census 1930 shows the family living in Philadelphia with Katherine's father.

According to the NARA enlistment records, Kimber was inducted into the military on December 10, 1943. The record also states he had completed 2 years of high school and was employed in the semi-skilled occupation field of trades and services.

He was trained to be an aerial gunner, then deployed to England in late 1944. He was assigned to the combat crew led by Lt McCullough. He flew 2 missions with this crew, the first on January 10, 1945.

The target was the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany. On the bomb run, the aircraft was hit by flak, blowing off the horizontal stabilizer and shredding the tail fin. The aircraft went into a steep dive, then broke up in the air. Wreckage fell to earth near Roxheim, Germany. No parachutes observed.

German records indicate that troops recovered 7 bodies from the scene of the crash. (One was not part of this crew.) A later report shows three more names written in.

After the war, the bodies were recovered and mostly moved to American Cemeteries in Europe. Kimber was moved to the American (Lorraine) Cemetery in France where he lies in Plot A, Row 9, Grave 53.
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US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card


Sgt William V. Kimber was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17G #43-38689, unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11574 was issued, and agrees with mission loading list the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart  p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough  c-p
2 Lt Maurice R. Herrick  nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr.  bomb
Sgt Samuel M. Hindman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Bernard S. Kaufman  r/o
Sgt   William V. KImber  btg
Sgt  Jack Thompson, Jr  wg
Sgt  Therman F. Conaway  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Mission narrative referred to Joyce as "Lt." All other references state "F/O."


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