Sgt George J. Murphy

Delaware, USA
Death 14 Feb 1944 (aged 22–23)
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot Sec-2E Row-CP/WS Lot-14 Grv-3
Memorial ID 112854362 · View Source
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George was the son of James F. Murphy and Estella C. (Hedley) Murphy who resided at 2 Westmoreland Avenue, Richardson Park, Wilmington, Delaware.

George served as a Staff Sergeant and Left Waist Gunner on B-17 Flying Fortress "Her Did" (#42-31044), 340th Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, Fifteenth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on September 23, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted as being employed in construction and also as Single, without dependents.

George was originally declared "Missing In Action", along with two other airmen, over northern Italy during a mission. The pilot of George's B-17, 2nd Lt. Frank G. Chaplick, reported that George and two other airmen were killed during an attack by German Fighter planes. 2nd Lt. Chaplick landed his damaged B-17 in the water. He and the others on the flight were able to escape on the water and the B-17 eventually sank.

George's remains were later found and he was interred here.

George had served in the Air Corps for one year and four months at the time of his death and was decorated with an Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and a Purple Heart.

George also has a "Cenotaph", which was created before his remains were recovered, at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Toscana, Italy. For that record " Click Here ".

Service # 32364106


Airmen lost on B-17 (#42-31044):

Duca, Tony, S/Sgt, Pennsylvania
Householder, Robert H., T/Sgt, Colorado
Murphy, George J., S/Sgt, Delaware

(Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


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