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Sgt Harold Oliver Allensworth
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Birth: Jun. 29, 1925
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1944, At Sea

Sergeant Harold Oliver Allensworth, Army serial number 38541748, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 29, 1925. His parents were Oliver Armstrong Allensworth (14 Nov 1898 21 Apr 1989) and Ara Velma (Cheek) Allensworth (9 Dec 1907 8 Dec 1987), who were married at McClain County, Oklahoma, on October 12, 1923. He had a younger brother, Bill Allensworth (abt 1932 unk). By April 1940, the family lived at 5910 Schuler Street, Houston, Harris County, Texas, and his father worked as a welder. He completed four years of high school, and was single, without dependents, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Houston, Texas, on August 10, 1943. His home of record was 326 Bob Street, Houston, Texas, his mother's address in 1944.

He completed Army Air Forces aerial gunnery training, and was assigned as ball turret gunner on the heavy bomber crew of First Lieutenant Norman E. Gross in the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group. This Group was based at Army Air Forces Station 137, near the village of Lavenham, Suffolk, England, and was part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe.

Here is the roster of the Norman E. Gross crew on June 6, 1944:
B-24H 42-52629 838th Bomb Squadron
Gross, Norman E 1/Lt Pilot MIA
Haskell, Willard D 2/Lt Copilot MIA
Moke, Francis E 2/Lt Navigator MIA
Levine, Milton F/O Bombardier Buried at Sea
Huebel Jr, Benjamin A S/Sgt Engineer MIA
Markowitz, Max I S/Sgt Radio Operator MIA
McWilliams, Charles A Sgt Nose Gunner MIA
Benson, Stanley J Sgt Top Gunner MIA
Allensworth, Harold O Sgt Ball Gunner MIA
Westhoff Jr, Henry B S/Sgt Tail Gunner MIA

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, the 487th Bomb Group dispatched two Squadrons on the first of three missions that the Group flew on D-Day. The Gross crew flew B-24H 42-52629 Sweatin' It Out on this mission. The 487th Bomb Group was assigned to bomb a choke point a road junction in Caen, France, to disrupt German transportation. The Group's assembly in the dark over England took five hours, much longer than planned. Then a complete undercast prevented the crews from bombing the target. On the return, the entire heavy bomber force was routed away from the Allied shipping area, to the west of the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Sgt Allensworth and his nine crew mates went missing in action when their aircraft ran out of fuel and went down in the English Channel. A station at Saffron Walden, England, received a distress call from the crew at 0842, which indicated that the aircraft was about 35 miles northwest of the Cherbourg Peninsula, and all four engines were dead. The aircraft's last reported position was 4952'N, 0238'W, some 20 to 25 miles northwest of the Channel Island of Alderney. Other crews almost ran out of fuel before landing at bases near the English coast.

The remains of Flight Officer Levine, the bombardier, were found by the crew of the British ship HSL 192 (High Speed Launch 192) and were buried at sea, in the English Channel, on July 3, 1944. None of the other crew members was ever found.

Sgt Allensworth is memorialized along with his five enlisted crew mates on the Wall of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. The four officers are memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery near Madingley, England.

Sources:
1. 487th Bomb Group Association
2. 1940 US Census; Texas; Harris County; Houston; 5910 Schuler. Allensworth, Oliver. 20 Apr 1940 (father of Harold O. Allensworth)
3. Allensworth, Bob. Personal Communication. Jul 2013 (nephew of Harold O. Allensworth)
4. American Battle Monuments Commission
5. de Jong, Ivo. The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H). Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004
6. Enlistment Record of Harold O. Allensworth
7. HQ, U.S. Army Air Forces. Sunday Punch in Normandy: The Tactical Use of Heavy Bombardment in the Normandy Invasion (new imprint by the Center for Air Force History Wings at War Series, No. 2. Washington, D.C. 1992)
8. Social Security Death Index
9. Texas Death Records
10. U.S. Army Air Forces Missing Air Crew Report 5484
11. U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II (Army Air Forces, last name beginning with A; June 7, 1945 is the date of the official Finding of Death)
12. U.S. Department of the Army, Adjutant General Office, Technical Records Section. Individual Deceased Personnel File of Milton Levine, T-123014 (aka '293 File')
13. U.S. War Department. World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel. Washington, D.C., June 1946

Research by:
Paul Webber
Secretary, 487th Bomb Group Association
Find A Grave member ID 47577572 
 
Inscription:
Wall of the Missing:
ALLENSWORTH HAROLD O SGT 838 BOMB SQ 487 BOMB GP (H) TEXAS
 
Note: Entered the service from Texas.
 
Burial:
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
 
Maintained by: Paul Webber
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56641800
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Thank You.
- Honor WWII
 Added: Apr. 3, 2015
Home of Record: Harris County, Texas...as we approach the 70th anniversary of your death, we must never forget your service and sacrifice.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Jun. 5, 2014

- Art Stafford
 Added: Jun. 6, 2012
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