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Florian Eugene Laramore, Jr.
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1920
Death: Dec. 20, 1943

ASN O-448232
376th BG 515th B Sq

He was the son of Florian E Laramore, Sr and Mosciline (Jackson) Laramore. He had sisters Virginia and Mary Jane.

B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig' was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the ship collided with a Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, and Renner was taken as a POW. According to the Renner family, 'the only reason he survived was due to the fire burning the harness strap that was holding him in the plane and he fell out of the plane and parachuted to the ground, he was unconscious the whole time'. The crew members were~

2nd LT Robert W Brown, ASN O-802714, Pilot, from Lissie TX, KIA
2nd LT Florian E Laramore,Jr, ASN O-448232, CoPilot, from Evanston IL, KIA
2nd LT Jack Larsen, ASN O-685656, Navigator, from Maplewood NJ, KIA
2nd LT Henry C Alexander, ASN O-674715, Bombardier, from Los Angeles CA, KIA
TSGT Cyril F Heath, ASN 12185762, Radio Operator/Left Waist Gunner, from Mew York NY, KIA
TSGT Samuel Schankerman, ASN 15059233, Top Turret Gunner, from South Bend IN, KIA
SSGT Kenneth W Runyan, ASN 35565427, Right Waist Gunner, from Clinton IN, KIA
SGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Nose Turret Gunner, entered service from Beulah ND (his home was in Hamilton MT), KIA
SSGT Eugene A Studer, ASN 37164771, Ball Turret Gunner, from Farmington MN, KIA
SSGT Robert H Renner, Tail Gunner, ASN 37469460, Tail Gunner, from Weeping Water NE, POW

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'

---Note that Sgt Alvin Dschaak was one of four survivors of a previous crash of B-24E #42-7119 while in training.

Thanks to FAG contributor 47391745, the following information was furnished, as well as the detail with the WW II Flag holder under the flowers.

Crown Hill Cemetery
Starke County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
Originally Created by: Craig Rohrer
Record added: Nov 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16799565
Florian Eugene Laramore, Jr.
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Florian Eugene Laramore, Jr.
Added by: B24CoPilotNiece
Florian Eugene Laramore, Jr.
Added by: Andy Gappa
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- Lazer
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
He entered the service from Indiana, and served as a 2nd Lt. with the Army Air Forces. His SN was O-448232.
- Craig Rohrer
 Added: Feb. 9, 2011

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