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1LT Herbert Nels F Patrick

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1LT Herbert Nels F Patrick

Birth
Kansas, USA
Death 10 Dec 1944 (aged 23)
Indonesia
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot E, 253/255
Memorial ID 3304364 View Source
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Herbert served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24J #44-40929, 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 2, 1942 at March Field, Riverside, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to First Lieutenant just prior to making this flight, on December 10, 1944.

B-24J #44-40929 took off from Morotai Island on a bombing mission to Miri. During this mission it was believed that this B-24 was hit by enemy flak causing them to crash in Indonesia during the war.

Herbert was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Manila, Philippine Islands and was later repatriated here on January 16, 1950.

Service # O-764421

Herbert also has a "Cenotaph" in the Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg, Kansas.
( see family links )

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Crew who perished on B-24J (#44-40929):

Bennett, Leonard C, S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Harrison, Fred K, 1st Lt, Navigator, LA
Hanan, Roy E, T/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Hinton, J. W., LTC, Co-Pilot, TX
Hritz, Henry J, T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Jones, Robert M, 1st Lt, Bombardier, VT
Patrick, Herbert N. F., 1st Lt, Pilot, KS
Podewils, Robert H, S/Sgt, Asst. Radio-Op, NY
Shea, Francis E, S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Westlund, George H, S/Sgt, Asst Engineer, MN
Wong, Thomas Y., Sgt, Gunner, NY

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

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NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as McPherson County, Kansas


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