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Lieut Harry M First
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1915
Death: Jul. 25, 1944, Austria

Age 28

Son of Rabbi Philip First and Sarah Gurevitz First who resided at 412 North Franklin Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

Harry served as a First Lieutenant & Navigator on B-24H "Piecemaker" (#42-52368), 765th Bomber Squadron, 461st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

Harry was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 was shot down by German Fighters over Linz, Austria during the war. Out of the crew of 10, 7 were Killed In Action and 3 became POW's.

He had served in the Air Force for one year and eight months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with the Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, and one Distinguished Unit Badge.

Service # O-691975

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Airmen who perished on B-24H (#42-52368):

DiMartino, Louis, S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, Pennsylvania
Duzan, Fred C., S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Indiana
First, Harry M., 1st Lt, Navigator, Delaware
Fulks, Glenial, 1st Lt, Pilot, Kentucky
Jaske, Walter R., T/Sgt, Nose Gunner, Pennsylvania
Krivitsky, Morris A., T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Pennsylvania
Stewart, Robert B., FO, Bombardier, California

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Airmen who became Pow's from B-24H (#42-52368):

Ludlum, Warren O., 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Godino, Peter N., 2nd Lt, Tail Gunner
Diamond, George, S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner

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 Parents:
  Philip First (1877 - 1948)
  Sarah G Maier First (1885 - 1945)
 
 Sibling:
  Harry M First (1915 - 1944)
  Joseph M First (1920 - 1969)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Jewish Community Cemetery
Wilmington
New Castle County
Delaware, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.78135, -75.5412
 
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Apr 05, 2010
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- Cori H
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015

- Russ Pickett
 Added: Oct. 8, 2015
In memory and honor. The First family
- Cynthia First
 Added: Feb. 20, 2015
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