668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Kim Fortner

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  15088677

Prisoner Of War

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 14-Aug-1915, Wayne, West Virginia

Entered Military Service: Date: 19-Jan-1942 At: Ft Thomas Newport, KY
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 15088677

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 14-Feb-1945
POW Camp: Unknown
Return Date: Before 31-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 17287

Died: 20-Dec-1995, Benton, Louisiana

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Mr. Kim Fortner

BENTON, LA - Services for Mr. Kim Fortner, age 80, of Benton, will be held Friday, December 22, 1995 at 3 P.M. at Haughton Baptist Church under the direction of Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Melton Prothro of Haughton Baptist Church where Mr. Fortner was a member.

He entered into rest December 20, 1995 at Benton, LA after a sudden illness. He lived in the Shreveport area for 50 years and was a native of Wayne County, West Virginia. Mr. Fortner was a member of the El Karuba Shrine. He was a P.O.W. in WW II and received the purple heart.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Sue M. Fortner.

He is survived by two sisters, Virginia Asbury and Minnie May, both of West Virginia; one niece, Barbara Christian and husband, Ricky of Benton; two nephwes, Thomas Spilker of Atlanta, GA and Steve Spilker of Magnolia, AR; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ann and Joe Foster of Yellville, AR; Sandra and Frank Hudson of Conway, AR.

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana), 22 Dec 1995, Fri, Page 16, Mr. Kim Fortner Obituary, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/217745546 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

MACR 12346 Details

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Ten aircraft suffered battle damage. The eleventh aircraft, believed hit by flak, was last seen going down in flames in the vicinity of Heinersheim. One chute emerged. The crew of three included Lts J.J. Chalmers and L.W. Eckard, and S/Sgt K. Fortuner.
(416th BG History 1945)

See also Mission # 204

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The Shreveport Journal
City Directory
1946 Shreveport, LA
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1947 Shreveport, LA
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1959 Shreveport, LA
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