|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1988, USA|
Veteran, WWII. "Maj. U.S. Air Force, WWII"
The 459th Bomb Group, 759th Bomb Squadron of the Fifteenth Air Force was based at Guilia Airfield, Cerignola, Italy which was located south of Foggia. The bomb group had moved to San Bancrazio from northern Africa in November 1943.
On 22 February 1945, 1st Lt. Hubert N. Yeaden was the pilot of a B-24L Liberator with serial number 44-49638 and the distinctive black and yellow checkered tail. Yeaden and his crew of nine took off for a strategic bombing mission to the Worgel railroad yards in Germany. At about 1153 hours and at an altitude of 15,000, the aircraft was hit by flak over the snow covered Alps. Even though the plane was on fire, all 10 crew members bailed out successfully. Nose gunner Sgt. Linus J. Nagl was hit by flak in the stomach, bailed out and never heard from again. He was presumed dead. Pilot Yeaden was sent to a hospital for his wounds. All other crew members were captured and sent to Dulag Luft-Oberursel. The plane crashed near Bolzano, Italy and when the crew did not return to base, Missing Air Crew Report 12368 was filed.
2nd Lt. Carson Joseph Morris (O-2056815) was the bombardier. He was born on 24 June 1916 in Kensington Hall Gardens, London, England, son of Joseph and Elsie (Southon) Morris. On 1 February 1928, Morris immigrated to the United States arriving in Vanceboro, ME with his parents and two brothers. They settled in the Bronx, NY. Morris was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He later married Muriel Helen Frederickson. He was advertising manager and later marketing vice-president for George A. Hormel & Company. Before the war, Morris was one of the team of Hormel employees who coined the product name SPAM, an acronym for SPiced hAM. After leaving Hormel in 1956, he was an executive for NW Ayer, BBD&O, Seamless Rubber Company, Cudhay Packing Company, Smithfield Foods and others. He died at age 68 on 18 April 1988 in Toledo, OH. He was buried in the Wakeman Cemetery, Waterville, OH.
Contributed by David Becker.
Created by: Charles R. Geach
Record added: Apr 02, 2010
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