2nd Lieutenant Paul E. Atkins was assigned to the 413th Bomber Squadron H, 96th Bomb Group, flying a B-17 out of Snetterton Heath, England. He was declared a Finding of Death on 9 October 1943 and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He is listed in Army records as being from Knox County.
Aircraft B-17F with serial number 42-30781 was on an operational mission to Gdynia, Poland.
Pilot, 2nd Lt William Clarence Hunt Jr.
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Paul Edward Atkins
Navigator, 2nd Lt Roy Lee Schott
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Richard Grenville Villochi
Radio Operator, Sgt William Burbank Cheffin
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Warren Harding Strack
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Robert Swart
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Teddy Aloysius Yurkiewicz
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Joseph Pierce
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Charles Mass
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Date of death: 9 October 1943
- County: Grainger
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 413rd Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Top Panel
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