Flt O Paul W. Packer

Flt O Paul W. Packer

Birth
Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Romania
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot No Known Grave; name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
Memorial ID 55903194 · View Source
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Co Pilot Fl. Of. Paul W. Packer DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyo
Squadron: 344th Bomber Squadron 98th BG
Service # T-000348
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart

Target: White IV- Ploesti
Mission: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-24198
Aircraft Model B-24D-
Aircraft Letter: C
Aircraft Name:THE VULGAR VIRGIN
Location: Lost near the target, Ploesti.
Cause: AA Crew 10 9 KIA 1 POW

Flight Officer Packer lost his life in the Ploesti raid "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 98th destroys the Romanian oil refinery. Distinguished flying cross was awarded posthumously for his valor on this mission.

Flown by Capt Wallace C. Taylor and crew Briefed to fly the lead position of the 5th wave attacking White IV at Ploesti, Rumania on Aug 1, 1943. Took a direct flack hit in the nose while approaching target and set on fire. Pilot gave bail out signal and climbed the aircraft, leveled out. P,CPL,E, WG believed to have bailed out though only the pilot survived with serious burns. The aircraft is believed to have crashed at Tatarani South of Ploesti.

Flight Officer Packer was Co Pilot in the 98th Bomb Group when he was killed. His body has never been recovered.

Crew of THE VULGAR VIRGIN
1Lt. Jack K. Wood Navigator
1/Lt. Robert B. Austin Bombardier
Fl. Of. Paul W. Packer Co Pilot
Fl. Of. Paul W. Packer Co Pilot
T/Sgt. Gerald E. Rabb . Engineer
T/Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Donald R. Duchene Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. Louis Kaiser Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Ralph M. Robins Gunner
Sgt. Arthur B. Van Kleeck Tail Gunner

Paul W. Packer has a cenotaph memorial at Lewiston City Cemetery
Lewiston Cache County Utah, USA Find A Grave Memorial# 35739208


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FLT O 344 BOMB SQ 98 BOMB GP(H) WYOMING


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55903194
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Flt O Paul W. Packer (1 Mar 1921–1 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55903194, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by HTD360 (contributor 47444830) .