Byron, August, SSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0870-Chemical Noncommissioned Officer
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 351st Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1945
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bellingham
Last Address
Monroe Street
Bellingham, WA

Date of Passing
Nov 02, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 (2nd Award)


 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal




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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Other Comments:

Augst Byron was borm and raised in Blaine Washington in 1918.  He joined the Army Air Corp in April 1941. After basic training he was assigned to the 8th Air Force's First Air Division, 94th Combat Wing. He was was then sent to join the newly formed 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) at Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington. He was further trained and assigned to the 854th Chemical Company and promoted to staff sergeant.

He was deployed with this unit to Polebrook RAF Station in England, arriving in May 18th, 1943. He served there until November 1945 and was on the HMS Queen Mary for his trip home.

Following his honorable discharge he settled in Bellingham Washington and raised his family of 2 daughters and 2 sons with his new wife Marjie (whom was part of the RAF Auxiallary near Polebrook AFB in England). August lived out his final years in his family home of 62 years. He passed peacefully in his sleep at the age of 94 at his home.

   
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 1942-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
From Year
1942
To Year
1945
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Specifications

Model Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Length 74.74 ft | 22.78 m
Width 103.74 ft | 31.62 m
Height 19.09 ft | 5.82 m
Engine(s) 4 x Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 radial piston engines generating 1,200 hp each.
Empty Weight 36,136 lbs | 16,391 kg
MTOW 72,003 lbs | 32,660 kg
Max Speed 287 mph | 462 km/h | 249 kts
Max Range 2,001 miles | 3,220 km
Ceiling 35,597 ft | 10,850 m | 6.7 miles
Climb Rate 540.5 ft/min (164.7 m/min)
Hardpoints 0
Armament 2 x 12.7mm machine guns in powered dorsal turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in powered "belly" turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in tail gun position
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in left front "cheek" position
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in right front "cheek" position
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in left waist position
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in right waist position
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in radio operator's midship position (removed on later models)
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in powered chin turret (later models)

Maximum internal bombload of 7,983 kg (17,600 lbs).
Accommodations 10
Operators United Kingdom and the United States of America.

   
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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2012
   
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  2455 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Adcock, David, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Allen, Herman Fredrick, Col, (1942-1945)
  • Awbrey, Wilman, SSgt, (1943-1945)
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