|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1943|
Harlan C. Almlie enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Fort Snelling on December 7, 1940. On November 13, 1943 he was
the pilot of the B-24 #42-40973 "Battleaxe". The formation flew through inaccurate flak and the German fighter attacks petered out the moment the P-38 escort fighters joined the fight. The port of Bremen was bombed at 11.47.
"Battleaxe" was hit by either flak or fighters and one engine was trailing smoke. Over the North Sea it started to glide out of formation, but under control. This was when the Bomb Group was within 20 minutes flying time to the English coast. The Air-Sea rescue service was notified when it appeared that the bomber had not returned to base. No one had seen it crash or ditch, but in the following days and weeks, the bodies of five crew members washed ashore on the Dutch coast. S/Sgt Lundstrom and S/Sgt Iorgov are buried in Margraten. Three others, 2nd Lt. Seiler, T/Sgt Davis and S/Sgt Towning are today buried in the United States. Five others are mentioned on the Wall of the Missing in Margraten, including Harlan Almlie.
Flight crew for the 'Battleaxe' were the following:
Pilot 1st Lt. HARLAN C. ALMLIE, from Bricelyn, Minnesota
Co-pilot WILLIAM E. HACKER, from Roslindale, Massachusetts
Navigator 2nd Lt. JOSEPH L. SCHEXNAYDER, from Garyville, Louisiana
Bombardier 2nd Lt. WALTER J. SEILER, from Chicago, Illinois
Engineer T/Sgt. DONALD A. DAVIS, from Rockford, Illinois
Radio Oper. T/Sgt. EVERETT E. PERMAR, from Aurora, Indiana
Belly Gun S/Sgt. GEORGE W. IORGOV, from Donna, Texas
RW Gunner S/Sgt. JOHN L. TOWNING, , from Bell, California
LW Gunner S/Sgt. JOHN V. LUNDSTROM, from Terra Haute, Indiana
Iver L. Almlie (1888 - 1958)
Cora Marie Gullord Almlie (1891 - 1984)
Harlan C. Almlie (1917 - 1943)
Harlan C Almlie (1917 - 1943)**
Created by: Lovise
Record added: Jul 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94145039
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