TSgt John B. “Ben” Tilburg

TSgt John B. “Ben” Tilburg

Brookland, Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 36)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56250837 · View Source
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John served as a Technical Sergeant, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 28, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted as being employed as a compositor and/or typesetter and also as Married.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when the HMT Rohna, on which he was a passenger, was attacked along with four other ships, by multiple Luftwaffe Heinkel 177 aircraft and sunk. The Rohna was the only ship sunk in this attack.

This attack was the largest loss of U.S. troops, 1,015, at sea due to enemy action in a single incident during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32579570

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250837
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt John B. “Ben” Tilburg (17 Mar 1907–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250837, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .