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1Lt Frank Bernzen, Jr
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Birth: 1919
Colorado, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1944
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

2 Sept 1994 Dedication in France:

We place this plaque here today to honor and keep alive the memory of 6 American crewmen of a B26 Marauder of the 9th Air Force 391st Bomb Group 573rd squadron who died on a combat mission to Pas de Calais on March 19-1944. Our brothers gave their lives during the European conflict so that we might be free. They came to rest here in Palfart, France and were interred in the churchyard of Eglise de I'Immaculee Conception.

In Memoriam

1st Lt Frank Bernzen Jr., Pilote, Boulder, Colorado
2nd Lt John D. Hill, Co-Pilote, Houston, Texas
2nd Lt Thomas R. Dragonetti, Bombardier-Navigator, Brooklyn,NY
Tech Sgt Thaddeus H. Grace, Radio-Gunner, Montgomery, Alabama
Staff Sgt Gale F. Brown, Engineer, Warrenton, Missouri
Staff Sgt John F. La Plante, Tail Gunner, S. Woodstock, VT

Plot D Row 3 Grave 42 St Pol sur Termoise
Report: Lt. Frank Bernzen. Hit by flak on turn off from target on first run. Fell away with badly smoking engine and fabric on left stabilizer almost all shot away. Pilot got plane back into formation for a second run on the target. On second run, it was again hit by flak and tail blown off and went down with a full bomb load. No survivors.
Siblings: Pauline Bernzen Ridge (Merton), Mildred Bernzen Parks (William), Virginia Bernzen
Wife: Lucie Belle Glass Bernzen of Boulder, Colorado
John D. Hill - Memorial # 55877544
Thomas R. Dragonetti - Memorial # 82648671
Thaddeus H. Grace - Memorial # 56645025
Gale F. Brown - Memorial # 56642703
John F. LaPlante - Memorial # 56646674
Frank Bernzen, Jr. - Received Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart. U.S. Army Air Forces Service # O-738335
Family links: 
  Frank Bernzen (1879 - 1944)
  Grace Deweese Bernzen (1885 - 1944)
  Lucy Belle Glass Hubman (1919 - 2007)
  Virginia Bernzen (1911 - 1932)*
  Frank Bernzen (1919 - 1944)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from Boulder, Colorado.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Plot: Plot D, Row 3, Grave 42
Maintained by: CindyLee
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56642327
1Lt Frank Bernzen, Jr
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1Lt Frank Bernzen, Jr
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- CindyLee
 Added: Jun. 7, 2014

- S. McCoskey
 Added: Jun. 3, 2013
Thank you for your dedicated military service to our country, making it safer and a better place for all of us. You made the supreme sacrifice! We are grateful.
 Added: Dec. 21, 2012

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