2Lt Paul J Gerken

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2Lt Paul J Gerken

Thank you to contributor dfr (#47109209) for the following information:

Born in Ohio
Died in Shanxi, China

Father: Carl W Gerken #90325712

He was the son of Carl William Gerken and Caroline (Badenhop) Gerken.

Gerken was the co-pilot of B-24J #44-40985, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 436th Bombardment Squadron. The Squadron was being used to fly fuel and supplies from India over the Himalayas to the Chinese and United States Army Air Forces based in China. The plane was headed for Suichwan when it crashed taking off from Luliang China. All aboard were killed.

The plane's nickname was 'Shy Ann'

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Gerken is also memorialized in Saint John's Cemetery in Henry County Ohio.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Ohio.

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  • Maintained by: Jeff Hall
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56131291
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Paul J Gerken (27 Dec 1921–18 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56131291, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .