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SSGT George Norbert White

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SSGT George Norbert White

  • Birth 1924 Lucas County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 1944 Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot SECTION 79 SITE 404C-D
  • Memorial ID 32946739

He was the son of George H. and Marcella G. White, and found by middle name of Norbert in his parents household during 1930 and 1940 censuses.

Records reflect that SSgt White entered the U.S. Army at Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio on 4 Mar 1943. He completed aircraft maintenance and flight engineer training and by early summer of 1944 he was stationed in England, assigned to the 524th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group (H), at Kimbolton Field.

On 12 July 1944, Sergeant White was the Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17G, #42-38192, during a bombing mission at Munich, Germany. Based upon the Missing Air Crew Report, the aircraft sustained heavy flak damage at the target area and was last seen going down in a controlled flight at 1430 hours near Bourg-Bruche, France. The post-war report provides that three of the four engines were lost and the pilot attempted to fly the plane to Switzerland. However, the plane crashed at 1500 hours near the town of Feldburg, approximately 18 kilometers SE of Freiburg-Breisgau, Germany. Eight of the nine aircrew members were killed on impact. In addition to SSgt White, those KIA were 2Lt Bruce A. Hutchins (Pilot), 2Lt Robert H. Webber (Co-Pilot), 2Lt James R. Haile (Navigator), Sgt Harry I. Degenhart (Waist Gunner), SSgt Robert L. Shaffer (Radio Op), Sgt Grover J. Bowen (Nose Gunner/Togglier) and Sgt Walter E. Collins (Tail gunner). The lone survivor of the crash, Sgt James L. Stutts (Ball Turret Gunner) was held as a POW until April 1945.

After the war, Sergeant White's body was exhumed from it's German burial location and re-interred in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A marker for SSgt White can also be found HERE in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lucas County, Ohio.


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  • Maintained by: David Oxford
  • Originally Created by: Eric Kreft
  • Added: 15 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32946739
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT George Norbert White (1924–12 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32946739, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by David Oxford (contributor 46875582) .