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TSGT Orville Kimball "Kim" Nicholson
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Birth: 1917
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1943, Italy

Orville Kimball Nicholson was the daughter of Orville and Cordelia Nicholson of Fairchance, PA. He was a graduate of Georges Township High school, class of 1935. He enlisted in the US Army for three years and received an honorable discharge. Then, following the start of World War II, he enlisted on July 18, 1942 in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Clearwater Florida, Tucson Arizona, and Pocatello Idaho before his squadron left for overseas duty from Topeka Kansas on June 23. He served as a tail gunner before becoming a radio operator and turret gunner on a Liberator bomber. On August 12, 1943 he wrote home to his family and stated that he was enjoying fine health in a nice climate, eating good food and meeting interesting people. His morale was excellent.

On August 19, 1943, he was the radio operator-gunner on a B-24 that was part of a formation which left Libya for a high altitude bombing raid on Italy. While flying to the bombing site, the plane began showing smoke from the engines, after which it went into a dive and crashed into the ground and exploded. There were no survivors / parachutes seen. His family was notified and he was declared missing. A few months later, they were notified that he was presumed dead. The remains of the crew were returned to the United States and buried in a group grave at Arlington National Cemetery on April 19, 1949. His mother and two sisters went to Arlington to attend the service.


Service/Crash information on Orville Nicholson shown below provided by: John Dowdy:
T/Sgt. Orville K. Nicholson KIA
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Squadron: 415th BS 98th Bomb Group
Service #33279173
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot

Target:
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 19-Aug-43
Serial Number: 415 41-24023
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: J
Aircraft Name: FERTILE MYRTLE
Location: Italy Crew of 10 KIA
Cause:

The air force has announced the FERTILE MYRTLE crew was reentered with military
honors to a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery April 10, 1949.

Crew of FERTILE MYRTLE
2nd/lt.
Joseph M. Gares

2nd/Lt.
James R. Curtis


2nd/Lt. James H. Devers, Jr


2nd/Lt. Ralph F. Wiesenberg

T/Sgt.
Orville K. Nicholson

T/Sgt.
Cedric J. Rougier

S/Sgt.
Harry L. Fischer
Gunner
S/Sgt.
Marcel G. Parker
Gunner
S/Sgt.
John A. Summers
Gunner
S/Sgt.
Patrick L. Burke
Gunner

B24 FERTILE MYRTLE flown by a different crew was veteran of "Operation Tidal
Wave" the low level Ploesti raid. 
 
Inscription:
TSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 15, Site: 73
 
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Jan 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64524825
TSGT Orville Kimball Kim Nicholson
Added by: Anne Cady
 
TSGT Orville Kimball Kim Nicholson
Added by: Anne Cady
 
TSGT Orville Kimball Kim Nicholson
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Added by: James Seidelman
 
 
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 Added: Jul. 12, 2016
 
 
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