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.
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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
NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as McPherson County, Kansas
1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
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