SSgt George Harlan Devine

SSgt George Harlan Devine

Death 18 Jun 1944
At Sea
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56289179 · View Source
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George resided at 212 Fallon Avenue, Woodcrest, Wilmington, Delaware prior to the war.

He served as a Staff Sergeant & Waist Gunner on B-24J "Sweat'er Gal" (#44-40053), 859th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Eighth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

While on a mission to bomb a airfield near Luneburg they were attacked by German Me-109's which damaged their B-24. On their return flight they were again hit by enemy flak. They got within 12 miles of the English Coast when, due to the damage they had sustained, the decision was made to bail out and when their B-24 hit the water it exploded. Only two airmen were saved and the remains of one was recovered.

George was declared "Missing In Action" and was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and a Presidental Citation.

He had served in the Army Air Force for one year and three months at the time of his death.

Service # 32752185

Son of Harry Devine and Carolean L. McCall Devine.

Husband of Frances M. McGrath Devine.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


Airmen who perished on B-24J (#44-40053):

Becker, George J., T/Sgt, Engineer, New York
Brown, Jack R., T/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Arkansas
Devine, George H., S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, Delaware
Higgins, John M., FO, Co-Pilot, Massachusetts
Knight, Lester W., 2nd Lt, Navigator, Missouri
Kuhn, Howard C., T/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Roads, Carl B. Jr., 1st Lt, Pilot, Ohio
Taylor, Robert E., 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Texas

Airmen who survived:

David, Morton E., S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Polzin, Gerald A., S/Sgt, Nose Gunner

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56289179
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt George Harlan Devine (unknown–18 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56289179, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .