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T/Sgt. William Joseph Bermande

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T/Sgt. William Joseph Bermande

Birth
Connecticut, USA
Death
18 Jul 1944 (aged 37)
Bavaria, Germany
Burial
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION 84 SITE 4-6
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William served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #44-6174, 816th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in New London County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army in January 16, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, with dependents.

B-17G #44-6174 took off from Sterparone, Italy on a bombing mission over Memmingen, Germany. Prior to "bombs away" they, along with 6 other B-17's, were attacked by an "overwhelming" number of German fighter aircraft.

B-17G #44-6174, along with other B-17's, were shot down and crashed near Memmingen during the war.

William was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on September 27, 1951.

Service # 31280499

Son of Mrs. Rose Gordon who resided in Norwich, Connecticut.

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 perished on B-17G #44-6174:

Bermande, William J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Cook, Nicholas J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Higgins, Walter F ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Jackson, Eugene A ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CT
Lonc, Frank A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Milks, Lewis E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Murphy, Ralph B ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, AZ
Rother, Theodore H ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Ulitch, Walter G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY

Airman who survived from B-17G #44-6174:

Erickson, Charles W ~ T/Sgt, Engineer ~ "POW"

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For others on Headstone see:

Fuehrer, Carl M ~ T/Sgt, B-17G #44-6174
Ricciardo, Joseph A ~ T/Sgt, B-17G #42-102862
Thompson, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, B-17G #42-107179

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

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

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William served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #44-6174, 816th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in New London County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army in January 16, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, with dependents.

B-17G #44-6174 took off from Sterparone, Italy on a bombing mission over Memmingen, Germany. Prior to "bombs away" they, along with 6 other B-17's, were attacked by an "overwhelming" number of German fighter aircraft.

B-17G #44-6174, along with other B-17's, were shot down and crashed near Memmingen during the war.

William was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on September 27, 1951.

Service # 31280499

Son of Mrs. Rose Gordon who resided in Norwich, Connecticut.

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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on B-17G #44-6174:

Bermande, William J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Cook, Nicholas J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Higgins, Walter F ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Jackson, Eugene A ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CT
Lonc, Frank A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Milks, Lewis E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Murphy, Ralph B ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, AZ
Rother, Theodore H ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Ulitch, Walter G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY

Airman who survived from B-17G #44-6174:

Erickson, Charles W ~ T/Sgt, Engineer ~ "POW"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For others on Headstone see:

Fuehrer, Carl M ~ T/Sgt, B-17G #44-6174
Ricciardo, Joseph A ~ T/Sgt, B-17G #42-102862
Thompson, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, B-17G #42-107179

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

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

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