Sgt George W. Wright

Sgt George W. Wright

Birth
North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Death 21 Oct 1942 (aged 20)
France
Burial North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 49503644 · View Source
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Killed in Action
S Sgt.,Eighth, Air Force WWII
Buried July 15,1948
Lot 421
Section E
Space- 03

George W.Wright
July 25,1922-Oct 21,1942

Staff Sergeant Wright was the Flight Engineer on B-17 (serial #4344) that took off on a mission to Lorient, Occupied France, on 21 October 1942. The mission encountered adverse weather disturbances, and many of the planes were forced to turn back. However, the formation that ship #4344 was in continued onto the briefed target. Upon arrival over the target, the formation was met by heavy fighter opposition and heroic performances by the crew concerned were responsible in accounting for shooting down two of the fighters. There is no specific information as to the cause of the crew of #4344 not returning. Staff Sergeant Wright was identified by his dog tags as shown to Lt. Robert Jackson by a German Intelligence Officer. Jackson was the Navigator on #4344, survived the incident and became a prisoner of war. Jackson was thrown from the plane in an unconscious state and had no memory of the incident.


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  • Created by: David Goltry
  • Added: 10 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49503644
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt George W. Wright (25 Jul 1922–21 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49503644, citing North Platte Cemetery, North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by David Goltry (contributor 47177571) .