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SSgt Harry L Wensel

SSgt Harry L Wensel

New York, USA
Death 4 Jun 1944 (aged 23–24)
Norfolk, England
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot F Row 2 Grave 38
Memorial ID 56295463 · View Source
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Son of Glenn & Mary Nichols Wensel.

Harry served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24H #42-95160, 856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on December 16, 1941 in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single without dependents.

B-24H #42-95160 took off from England on a bombing mission over Avord, France. For an unknown reason the plane stalled and spun out of control and crashed at Garvestone, Norfolk, England during the war.

Harry was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded an Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

Service # 12031247

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Airmen who perished on B-24H #42-95160:

Brown, Oliver W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
De Brular, Edward P ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IN
Grimm, Clarence W, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, WI
Hirschman, Gerald E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NE
Krueger, Wallace ~ FO, Bombardier, TX
Laslo, William E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Mueller, Vernon D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MO
Sachtleben, Raymond J ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NJ
Schwegel, Howard J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Wensel, Harry L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY

After responding to the crash site, two Air Force firefighters were killed when the bombs on B-24H #42-95160 exploded at the scene. They were:

Atchley, Monroe A ~ Sgt, Firefighter, IN
Bunalski, Ted R ~ Pvt, Fire Fighter, NJ

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





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  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56295463
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Harry L Wensel (1920–4 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56295463, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .