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.

Crew members
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

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