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Corp George B Bertwell

Corp George B Bertwell

Oklahoma, USA
Death 26 Nov 1944 (aged 29)
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Secton I, site 121-G
Memorial ID 362812 · View Source
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George served as a Corporal on C-47A #42-92837, 3rd Pathfinder Squadron, 98th Troop Carrier Squadron, 440th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Jackson County, Missouri prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 12, 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Married.

George died in the "Line Of Duty" when his C-47, which was on a flight with 3 other C-47 from Villeneuve-Advanced Landing Ground, France to England, descended below a low cloud formation and crashed, along with two other C-47's, on Leith Hill in England during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

The other two C-47's were #42-93754 & #43-47975.

George was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on July 27, 1948.

At the families request, George's state of birth was added to his headstone (Oklahoma) instead of his state of residence (Missouri).

Service # 17060778

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Airmen who perished on C-47A #42-92837:

Bell, Orvel A ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WI
Bertwell, George B ~ Corp, MO
Hertel, St Clair X, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Hill, John T ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Van Orden, Lawrence C ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ

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Only one Airmen perished on C-47A #42-93754:

Taylor, Clyde D ~ FO, NY

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Airmen who perished on C-47A #43-47975:

Branit, Willard B ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IL
Knorr, Lester A ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, OR
Link, Thomas R ~ 2nd Lt, DC

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


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Oklahoma; Corporal, 98 Army Air Forces Troop Carrier Squadron, World War II; Purple Heart




  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 362812
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp George B Bertwell (18 Jan 1915–26 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 362812, citing Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .