Kenneth 'Ken' Dougherty; fl 1941-fl 1945; USAAF airman; Tibenham, Norfolk; Hethel, Norfolk

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Kenneth 'Ken' Dougherty; fl 1941-fl 1945; USAAF airman; Tibenham, Norfolk; Hethel, Norfolk

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fl 1941-fl 1945


Ken Dougherty first served in the 445th Bomb Group (Tibenham) and then with the 389th Bomb Group (Hethel) where he was part of a Pathfinder crew. He was lead navigator of a Pathfinder crew, Baldwin Avery's crew, in the 564th Squadron when his plane was shot down over Germany in 1944. In the records, Baldwin Avery gives the date of the incident as 12 May 1944, and Kenneth Dougherty as 8 May 1944. After evading capture for several weeks, Dougherty was caught trying to steal a bicycle. He was taken to Wetzlar for questioning and then to Stalag Luft III West (Zagan). In January 1945, he was marched to the railhead at Spremberg and then taken to Nuremberg and Moosburg (part of the forced prisoner of war marches or long marches).

Baldwin Avery's crewmates in the 701st Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group and later in the 564th (Pathfinder) Squadron, 389th Bomb Group were: Baldwin Avery (pilot); Sheffield West (navigator); John Lawson (co-pilot); Orland Hasselbach (bombardier); Clifford Syverud (radio operator); Ralph Jacobson (gunner); Bill Bower (gunner); Walter 'Neville' Chamberlain (ball-turret gunner); Franklin 'Bingo' Sipes (tail-gunner); Nolan Gershenzon (navigator); Ken Dougherty (navigator); Robert 'Bob' Zimmerman (gunner) and Joel M. Fain.

The following crew members were on board the 389th Bomb Group B-24 when it was shot down in 1944: Baldwin Avery; John Lawson; Nolan Gershenzen; Orland Hasselbach; Ralph Moore; Clifford Syverud; Walter Chamberlain; Ralph Jacobson; Robert Zimmerman; Franklin Sipes; Roger Hamel; Kenneth Dougherty and Joel Fain.


Tibenham, Norfolk; Hethel, Norfolk; USA; Germany

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Created on: 29/11/2018 by Catherine.Collins. Amended on: 17/09/2019 (HV).




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