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2LT David S Fike

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2LT David S Fike

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death
11 Apr 1944 (aged 22–23)
Germany
Burial
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot
SECTION 84 SITE 21-23
Memorial ID
40862863 View Source

Son of Charles Fike who resided in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

David served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24H #41-29423, 786th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 29, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Electrician and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24H #41-29423 took off from Attlebridge, England on a bombing mission over Oschersleben, Germany. They were attacked by German fighter planes which damaged the #1 engine causing them to crash in Germany during the war. One parachute was seen leaving the B-24.

David was "Killed In Action" on this mission.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on April 3, 1951.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-746069

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors 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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Airmen who perished on B-24H #41-29423:

Charbonneau, Paul E ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CA
Fike, David S ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Fountain, Robert H ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, IN
Foushee, William C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TX
Jackson, William L ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, PA
Kern, Edward D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Martinson, Robert G ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MT
Ott, Robert A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NE
Sullivan, Monte V ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, GA

Airmen who survived from B-24H #41-29423:
Simpson, Robert S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator

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For other airmen on same headstone see:

Mason, Marney T, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX

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

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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Son of Charles Fike who resided in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

David served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24H #41-29423, 786th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 29, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Electrician and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24H #41-29423 took off from Attlebridge, England on a bombing mission over Oschersleben, Germany. They were attacked by German fighter planes which damaged the #1 engine causing them to crash in Germany during the war. One parachute was seen leaving the B-24.

David was "Killed In Action" on this mission.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on April 3, 1951.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-746069

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors 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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on B-24H #41-29423:

Charbonneau, Paul E ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CA
Fike, David S ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Fountain, Robert H ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, IN
Foushee, William C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TX
Jackson, William L ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, PA
Kern, Edward D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Martinson, Robert G ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MT
Ott, Robert A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NE
Sullivan, Monte V ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, GA

Airmen who survived from B-24H #41-29423:
Simpson, Robert S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For other airmen on same headstone see:

Mason, Marney T, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 19 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 40862863
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40862863/david-s-fike: accessed ), memorial page for 2LT David S Fike (1921–11 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 40862863, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .