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SSGT Harry W. Bauscher Jr.

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SSGT Harry W. Bauscher Jr.

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death
4 Jul 1943 (aged 21)
La Coulonche, Departement de l'Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot
Sec 5 Vets, Row 8A, Grave 7A
Memorial ID
123704904 View Source

Harry A. Bauscher was born on 20 March 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry W. and Alvina Krieg Bauscher. He attended St. Lawrence Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Western Hills High School.

Prior to WW-II he was employed at Wright Aeronautical Corp. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942 and graduated from the Flexible Gunnery School at Ft. Myers, Florida on 6 Dec 1942.

Shortly after in January 1943, he was posted to the 34th Bomb Group at Blythe Army Air Field in California to begin transition training to be a gunner aboard B-17 bomber aircraft.

While at Blythe, he was assigned as a waist gunner in the crew of Lt. Olof M. Ballinger. The crew was transferred in March 1943, to the 381st Bomb Group, then training at Pyote Army Air Field in Ward Co., Texas.

After additional training at Pueblo, Colorado, Sgt. Bauscher was transferred along with his crew and Bomb Group to Ridgewell Field, Essex, England in May 1943.

On the Groups' seventh bombing mission on 4 July 1943, Sgt. Bauscher was a waist gunner assigned to B-17F No. 42-29928. The mission was to bomb the aero engine factory located in the city of Le Mans, France.

During the bomb run, Sgt. Bauscher's B-17 was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and forced to leave the formation.

As the plane headed home for England, it was attacked by several Bf-109 fighters over Normandy. Sgt. Bauscher was killed during the attacks by cannon and machine gun fire.

Shortly after, the plane crashed in an apple orchard near La Colounche, l'Orne, Normandy at 12 noon.

German soldiers removed Sgt. Bauscher's remains from the downed aircraft and he was buried at a cemetery in Alencon, l'Orne, Normandy. In 1949, his remains were recovered and he was brought home and interred at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Cincinnati.

For his service to his country, Sgt. Bauscher was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

Harry A. Bauscher was born on 20 March 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry W. and Alvina Krieg Bauscher. He attended St. Lawrence Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Western Hills High School.

Prior to WW-II he was employed at Wright Aeronautical Corp. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942 and graduated from the Flexible Gunnery School at Ft. Myers, Florida on 6 Dec 1942.

Shortly after in January 1943, he was posted to the 34th Bomb Group at Blythe Army Air Field in California to begin transition training to be a gunner aboard B-17 bomber aircraft.

While at Blythe, he was assigned as a waist gunner in the crew of Lt. Olof M. Ballinger. The crew was transferred in March 1943, to the 381st Bomb Group, then training at Pyote Army Air Field in Ward Co., Texas.

After additional training at Pueblo, Colorado, Sgt. Bauscher was transferred along with his crew and Bomb Group to Ridgewell Field, Essex, England in May 1943.

On the Groups' seventh bombing mission on 4 July 1943, Sgt. Bauscher was a waist gunner assigned to B-17F No. 42-29928. The mission was to bomb the aero engine factory located in the city of Le Mans, France.

During the bomb run, Sgt. Bauscher's B-17 was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and forced to leave the formation.

As the plane headed home for England, it was attacked by several Bf-109 fighters over Normandy. Sgt. Bauscher was killed during the attacks by cannon and machine gun fire.

Shortly after, the plane crashed in an apple orchard near La Colounche, l'Orne, Normandy at 12 noon.

German soldiers removed Sgt. Bauscher's remains from the downed aircraft and he was buried at a cemetery in Alencon, l'Orne, Normandy. In 1949, his remains were recovered and he was brought home and interred at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Cincinnati.

For his service to his country, Sgt. Bauscher was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

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