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2LT Norman Solomon

2LT Norman Solomon

Birth
New York, USA
Death 12 Jul 1945 (aged 20–21)
Japan
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 82 SITE 1E
Memorial ID 42299947 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Goldie E. Solomon who resided in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Norman served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-29 #44-69966, 770th Bomber Squadron, 462nd Bomber Group, Very Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 2, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, without dependents.

Norman was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant on February 5, 1944.

B-29 #44-69966 took off from Tinian Island along with other B-29's on a bombing mission over Nagoya, Japan. Before arriving at their target they were attacked by a Japanese fighter which disabled their #3 engine. Multiple parachutes were seen to leave the B-29 and 10 of them became POW's of the Japanese. The B-29 was seen to crash into the Iseno Bay, Japan on May 14, 1945.

Out of a crew of eleven, ten survived the crash and were imprisoned at the Ofuna Camp near Yokohama. Six of them were executed on July 12, 1945. Two died while a POW (Gentry & Reynolds), one was declared missing (Labadie) and two survived the war (Orr & Miller).

Norman became a POW and was "Executed While A POW" of the Japanese Army during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on November 21, 1949.

Service # O-708948

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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Airmen who became missing from B-29 #44-69966:

Labadie, Paul ~ Cpl, Right Gunner, MI

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Airmen who were executed while POW's
from B-29 #44-69966 on July 12, 1945:


Howell, Evan L ~ Cpl, CFC, IN
Johnson, Jerry W ~ Cpl, Radio Operator, LA
Manson, Carl H, Jr ~ Cpl, Left Gunner, CA
Prichard, Benjamin W ~ Cpl, Radar Operator, VA
Sherman, Dean H ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MT
Solomon, Norman ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CT

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Airmen who died while POW's
from B-29 #44-69966:


Gentry, Edward R ~ Cpl, Tail Gunner, TN
Reynolds, Theodore C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NH

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Airmen who became POW's from B-29 #44-69966
and survived the war:


Orr, Robert C ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, CA
Miller, Lloyd C ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, MO

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

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

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2LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 23 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42299947
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Norman Solomon (1924–12 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42299947, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .