|Birth: ||Aug. 3, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1944|
In the fall of 1944, Sergeant George A. Austermuhl, was a gunner on B-24 Liberator bombers, stationed at Yang Chiseh Airfield, Yangkai, China, and assigned to the 373rd Bombardment Squadron of the 308th Bombardment Group.
On October 3rd, he was aboard a B-24J, 44-40667, when it departed Ehr Tong Airfield, Kweilin (now Guilin), China, for a night search for enemy shipping in the South China Sea of the coasts of Indo-China (now Vietnam) and China. They had been airborne nine hours, 25 minutes, at 0300 hours the morning of the 4th, had completed their mission and were returning to base with one engine dead and low on fuel. They were already at a lower altitude when two more engines began surging and the pilot ordered the crew to bail out. Seven of ten crew members successfully bailed out, with no or with minor injuries. Sgt. Austermuhl was one of the three men who were killed in bailing out or in the crash of the plane.
(Information obtained from records of the 308th Bombardment Group)
This bio was transmitted to me by Find A Grave contributor Tony Strotman.
New Jersey Sgt 373 AAF Bomb Sq World War II
Bethel Memorial Park
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section L
Created by: brenirish
Record added: Apr 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51626664
George Austermuhl was my father. His wife, Doris Toyer Austermuhl, passed away in June of 1944, before his death.I was born in Nov., 1942. There were no other children born to this couple.|
Added: Aug. 2, 2013