SSGT Jerome Archibald Gunderson, Jr

SSGT Jerome Archibald Gunderson, Jr

Birth
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 19–20)
Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Stadtkreis Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION C, SITE 151
Memorial ID 3299892 · View Source
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According to word received August 5 by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Gunderson, former residents of Iowa City, Ia., now living at 1616 Sioux, their son, S/Sgt Jerome A Gunderson, jr. was lost on a mission to Ludswigshafen, Germany, July 31, 1944.

On Gunderson's tenth mission as a radio-gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber, another bomber in the formation, apparently damaged by flak and out of control, hit his plane, causing it to go into a flat spin. The plane crashed at Dittweiler, Germany, about 55 miles east of Ludwigshafen.

A former student at the University of Iowa and member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Gunderson enlisted in the air corps in February, 1943, and went overseas June 2, 1944 with the Eighth air force. His mother was presented last January with the air medal which the 21 year-old sergeant had won.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Ted, and a sister, Jo Ann.
The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, Friday, August 17, 1945

Contributor: Kathy Monical (4910166

Radio Operator aboard B-24H Liberator
#41-28818.

Killed In Action over Ludwigshafen, Germany
in a mid-air collision with another bomber
about one minute from intended bombing target.

KIA were:

2nd Lt. Wallace J Bishop, Pilot
2nd Lt. William H Blake, Jr, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Francis W Rutner, Navigator
SSgt. William K Fox, Engineer-Top Turret Gunner
SSgt. Ernest R Moyer, Waist Gunner

Missing Air Crew Report 7752.

From Iowa City, Iowa.


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SSGT, 844 AAF BOMB SQ, 489 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Iowa; ASN 37660284

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  • Maintained by: Loren Bender
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3299892
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Jerome Archibald Gunderson, Jr (1924–31 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3299892, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Loren Bender (contributor 47060026) .