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S/Sgt. Erle Patrick Flanagan

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S/Sgt. Erle Patrick Flanagan

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
20 Jul 1945 (aged 28)
Osaka, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Burial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot
P, 1037
Memorial ID
3774687 View Source

Erle served as a Staff Sergeant & Central Fire Control on B-29 #44-69899, 871st Bomber Squadron, 497th Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Camden County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Private on October 17, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in stoneworking and also as Single, with dependents.

B-29 #44-69899 was part of a mission sent out on May 5, 1945 when "55" B-29's bombed airfields at Oita, Tachiarai, Kanoya, and Chiran on Kyushu. "2" other B-29's also attacked targets of opportunity. Three B-29's were lost on this mission ( see below ).

B-29 #44-69899 took off, with a crew of "11", from Saipan to bomb the Hiro Naval Aircraft plant in Honshu, Japan. Just prior to "bombs away" they were attacked by Japanese Fighter Aircraft and their #3 and #4 engines were knocked out. They were, however, able to drop their bombs on the target.

B-29 #44-69899 then lost their right wing causing them to crash to the ground and explode. Prior to the crash "4" parachutes were seen leaving the B-29. The "4" that parachuted out were 2nd Lt. McSpadden, 2nd Lt. Foley, S/Sgt. Sparks, and S/Sgt. Flanagan.

All four were later "executed" by the Japanese Army.

Erle was "executed" by the Japanese Army at an unknown location during the war.

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # 12076389

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished from B-29 #44-69899:

Croake, Thomas J. ~ 2nd Lt, Radar Operator, NJ
Flanagan, Erle P. ~ S/Sgt, CFC, NJ ~ (POW)
Foley, Harry J. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KS ~ (POW)
Hauser, Louis J. ~ T/Sgt, Tail Gunner, KS
Hesser, Jack R. ~ Flt Off, Navigator, PA
Johnson, Howard R. ~ Sgt, Right Gunner, IN
King, Wilson K. ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, SC
Kisti, Joseph F. ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
McSpadden, Joe S. ~ 2nd Lt, Commander, TX ~ (POW)
Meier, John A. ~ S/Sgt, Left Gunner, TX
Sparks, Logan M. ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, NC ~ (POW)

Note: (POW) = "executed" while a POW.

The only survivor from this B-29 was the Pilot ~ 1st Lt. Marvin S. Watkins, who was released by the Japanese at the end of the war.

B-29's lost in this mission:

B-29 #42-65305
~ ~ ( "6" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ To see those lost on B-29 #42-65305
~ ~ " Click Here "
B-29 #42-93953
~ ~ ( "4" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ To see those lost on B-29 #42-93953
~ ~ " Click Here "
B-29 #44-69899
~ ~ ( "4" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ ( Listed Above )

( Crew Reports by: Russ Pickett )

Erle served as a Staff Sergeant & Central Fire Control on B-29 #44-69899, 871st Bomber Squadron, 497th Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Camden County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Private on October 17, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in stoneworking and also as Single, with dependents.

B-29 #44-69899 was part of a mission sent out on May 5, 1945 when "55" B-29's bombed airfields at Oita, Tachiarai, Kanoya, and Chiran on Kyushu. "2" other B-29's also attacked targets of opportunity. Three B-29's were lost on this mission ( see below ).

B-29 #44-69899 took off, with a crew of "11", from Saipan to bomb the Hiro Naval Aircraft plant in Honshu, Japan. Just prior to "bombs away" they were attacked by Japanese Fighter Aircraft and their #3 and #4 engines were knocked out. They were, however, able to drop their bombs on the target.

B-29 #44-69899 then lost their right wing causing them to crash to the ground and explode. Prior to the crash "4" parachutes were seen leaving the B-29. The "4" that parachuted out were 2nd Lt. McSpadden, 2nd Lt. Foley, S/Sgt. Sparks, and S/Sgt. Flanagan.

All four were later "executed" by the Japanese Army.

Erle was "executed" by the Japanese Army at an unknown location during the war.

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # 12076389

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished from B-29 #44-69899:

Croake, Thomas J. ~ 2nd Lt, Radar Operator, NJ
Flanagan, Erle P. ~ S/Sgt, CFC, NJ ~ (POW)
Foley, Harry J. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KS ~ (POW)
Hauser, Louis J. ~ T/Sgt, Tail Gunner, KS
Hesser, Jack R. ~ Flt Off, Navigator, PA
Johnson, Howard R. ~ Sgt, Right Gunner, IN
King, Wilson K. ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, SC
Kisti, Joseph F. ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
McSpadden, Joe S. ~ 2nd Lt, Commander, TX ~ (POW)
Meier, John A. ~ S/Sgt, Left Gunner, TX
Sparks, Logan M. ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, NC ~ (POW)

Note: (POW) = "executed" while a POW.

The only survivor from this B-29 was the Pilot ~ 1st Lt. Marvin S. Watkins, who was released by the Japanese at the end of the war.

B-29's lost in this mission:

B-29 #42-65305
~ ~ ( "6" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ To see those lost on B-29 #42-65305
~ ~ " Click Here "
B-29 #42-93953
~ ~ ( "4" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ To see those lost on B-29 #42-93953
~ ~ " Click Here "
B-29 #44-69899
~ ~ ( "4" were executed while POW's )
~ ~ ( Listed Above )

( Crew Reports by: Russ Pickett )

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from New Jersey.


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