SSGT Allen J Bunker

SSGT Allen J Bunker

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 15 Aug 1944 (aged 28–29)
Italy
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 79 SITE 319-321
Memorial ID 44852389 · View Source
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Husband of Lathleen A. Bunker who resided in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Allen served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on a B-24 #44-41086, 513th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Winnebago County, Wisconson prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 27, 1942 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the processing of dairy products and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after his enlistment.

Allen was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on May 22, 1944.

Allen was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 exploded after take-off for an unknown reason in San Pancrazio, Italy.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the U.S. Cemetery, Bari, Italy and was later repatriated here on December 5, 1949.

Service # 36233342

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-24 #44-41086

Accola, Roy A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CO
Austin, Dillard D ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MI
Beach, Kenneth R ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, WY
Bunker, Allen J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WI
Bunting, Henry S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, KN
Chapman, Lyle C ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, ND
Freedman, Charles ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Kenrick, James J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Kinzie, Raymond J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer,
O'Hern, Edward R ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Rimerman, Franklin R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IL

It is unknown why records show "two" Navigator's on this B-24. Since 2nd Lt. Bunting is shown as the normally assigned Navigator for this crew is it believed that 1st Lt. Freedman volunteered for this mission to get "flying points" towards a trip home. This was not "unusual" during World War II.

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: 27 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44852389
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Allen J Bunker (1915–15 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44852389, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .