New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1943|
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Sgt USAAF WWII
447th BG, 710th B Sq
He was the son of George J Oakley, Sr and Helen Kelly of Utica NY. He was predeceased by sisters Winifred and Anna and twin boys, who all died as very small children/young toddlers. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cox Oakley, his six-month old daughter, Mary Lourdes, his siblings Catherine, James, and Mary Agnes.
George was gifted in academics and graduated as Salutatorian of his high school class. He attended college in Providence, Rhode Island, but he had to leave school prematurely when his mother became ill and he moved back to Utica, New York.
He enlisted in the service 22 December 1942 at Utica, New York. As George was slightly older than his fellow crew members and comrades, they affectionately nicknamed him 'Gramps'.
He was Lost when B-17G #42-31219 crashed over Lake Melville, 30 miles north of Goose Bay, Newfoundland-Labrador, Canada when en route upon deployment to Rattlesden Air Base, England.
The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-17G #42-31219. All but one of the crew, Sgt Lorenz A Kirchoff, is believed to have been recovered.
His daughter Mary Lourdes, granddaughter Kelly and grandson Brian and extended family remain extremely proud of his life
and his service.
George J Oakley (1888 - 1960)
Helen Kelly Oakley (1890 - 1947)
George J Oakley (1910 - 1943)
Catherine R Oakley (1917 - 1982)*
James F Oakley (1925 - 2004)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: B24CoPilotNiece
Record added: Feb 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65336465
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