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1LT Lucien C. Courcelle

1LT Lucien C. Courcelle

Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death 6 Oct 1944 (aged 25)
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot I, 139 141
Memorial ID 3297566 · View Source
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Son of Thomas A. Courcelle & Flora J. Turner Courcelle.

Lucien served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-17G #43-38060, 548th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Schenectady County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 27, 1941, prior to the war, in Albany, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a industry clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant on August 15, 1944.

Lucien was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by German aircraft and crashed near Pessin, Germany during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He may also have been awarded an Air Medal.

He was originally interred in Belgium and was later repatriated here on March 29, 1950.

Service # O-686995

His brother, Sgt Frederick Maurice Courcelle, also died during the war in the "Line Of Duty" of a non-battle related incident.
(thank you Russ Pickett)

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He is buried with the other men he died with (see below), but has a cenotaph in the family plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rutland, Vermont.


Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38060:

Bivins, Hubert J ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, North Carolina
Bozina, Robert P ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, California
Bullen, Frank R ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, Michigan
Courcelle, Lucien C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, New York
Hamilton, Delbert L ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Arizona
Leider, Roland N ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Illinois
Slaper, Roy M ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, New York
Weir, Jerry L ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Tennessee

POW from B-17G #43-38060:

Wolverton, Marvin B ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, Iowa

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


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  • Maintained by: Jen Snoots
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3297566
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Lucien C. Courcelle (8 Jan 1919–6 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3297566, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Jen Snoots (contributor 4661415) .