SSgt Frederic Higinbotham

SSgt Frederic Higinbotham

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Death 6 Dec 1944 (aged 23–24)
Burial Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Memorial ID 56282063 · View Source
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The Victor Herald dated January 19, 1945

East Bloomfield Boy Dies in Plane Crash

Staff Sgt. Frederick S. Higinbotham, son of Mrs. Robert G. Higinbotham of East Bloomfield, died on December 6 in an airplane crash in Belgium. The 24-year-old youth, a radio operator on a C-47 plane of the U. S. Air Forces stationed in England, had been overseas 18 months. Last summer he passed a 30-day furlough with his mother after completing sufficient missions to merit the leave.
He is the second son of Mrs. Higinbotham to give his life for his country in this war. Word of the death of his brother, Lt. Philip E. Higinbotham of the amphibious engineers in France, August 5, came while the flyer still was in this country on leave.
Staff Sergeant Higinbotham was born in Caledonia, during the time his father, the late Rev. Robert G. Higinbotham, was pastor of the Caledonia Presbyterian Church. He attended Caledonia School and then the Palmyra School, while the father was pastor of the Western Presbyterian Church, and where the minister died in 1937. He graduated from Ithica High School in 1938. He attended Williams College for one year and then went to Garnville, Ohio, where he attended Denison University. It was in his senior year that he was inducted into the service in 1942.
He participated in the invasion of Sicily, Salerno and on D-Day in Normandy. He received the Air Medal for his part in the Sicilian invasion and the Presidential Unit Citation for flying on D-Day.
A talented musician, Sgt. Higinbotham organized and directed a choir during his stay in Sicily. While in England he had continued with his music, and had recently been assisting with services in an Episcopal Church there.
He received training at Scott Field, Ill., Sedalia Field, Mo., and finally at Lawson Field, Ga. Besides his mother, he leaves two brothers in service, Captain Robert H., in the Pacific area, and Cpl. John F. Higinbotham stationed at Keesler Field, Miss., and a brother and a sister, William Higinbotham and Miss Dorothy Higinbotham, both
of East Bloomfield.

Bio by: D Parks

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Ohio.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56282063
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Frederic Higinbotham (1920–6 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56282063, citing Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .