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1LT George William Eike

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1LT George William Eike

  • Birth 27 Jan 1919
  • Death 22 Apr 1944
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Sec: 12, Site: 129
  • Memorial ID 49177818

George served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B17G (#42-31499), 369th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 2813 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

George's B-17 was shot down and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium during the war on February 8, 1944 and he became a Prisoner Of War.

George was "Shot and Killed" while a POW of the German Army. It is currently unclear if he was trying to escape or was simply executed. POW's 1st Lt. Robert J. Benninger and Sgt John Pindroch were also shot and killed on this same day. He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

Sgt Colwart and T/Sgt Kahler both were "Killed In Action" in the crash of their B-17.

His brother, 2nd Lt. Richard J. Eike, was also "Killed In Action" during the war and he is interred next (see photo on the right) to him in Arlington.

Service # O-748164

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Airmen who lost their lives from B17G (#42-31499):

Benninger, Robert J ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Pennsylvania, (Shot)
Colwart, Louis J, Jr ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Louisiana, (KIA)
Eike, George W ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, New York, (Shot)
Kahler, Ross L, T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Pennsylvania, (KIA)
Pindroch, John ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, Ohio, (Shot)

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Airmen who survived from B17G (#42-31499):

Daniels, Richard L ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, (POW)
Holbert, Roy K ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, (POW)
Musial, Joseph J ~ T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, (POW)
Slenker, William O, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, (Evadee)
Snyder, Howard J ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, (Evadee)

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


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1LT, 369 AAF BOMB SQ WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49177818
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT George William Eike (27 Jan 1919–22 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49177818, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .