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2LT Harold Bertram Drake

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2LT Harold Bertram Drake

Birth
Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
Death 17 Jun 1944 (aged 27)
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 78 SITE 956C-E
Memorial ID 27241366 View Source
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On June 16, according to military records, 2nd Lt. Drake’s ship (a B-24 Liberator) was attacking targets (oil fields) in the vicinity of Brataslava, Czechoslovakia, when it was intercepted by enemy fighters. The plane was hit and several parachutes were seen.
His family received a telegram July 5, 1944, stating he was missing in action. They also received notification that June 23 he was promoted to first lieutenant in the 15th Air Force. For his ability and courage in combat, he was awarded the Air Medal.
The family was later told he did not survive the crash.
His body was identified by military identification tags and was buried June 19 in Nickelsdorf Cemetery in a small Austrian village under Russian occupation.
The bodies were moved in the early 1950s from the Austrian cemetery to a grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

FYI: his nephew Jeff Miller founded HonorAir in Henderson County, NC., that today is known as HonorFlight.


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