2Lt George Valentine Bleyle


2Lt George Valentine Bleyle

Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 16 Dec 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
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George served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17F "Ole Puss" #42-30872, 337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Bergen County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on April 2, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Musician and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #42-30872 took off, with a crew of 10 & other B-17s, from Snetterton Heath RAAF Base, England for a bombing mission over Bremen, Germany.

Over the North Sea the formation of B-17s, who were either coming back from or going to their target, were attacked by German fighter aircraft.

During this attack B-17F #42-30872 was first hit by an engine that was shot off of B-17G #42-31113 that was above them in the formation and then B-17G #42-31113 collided into them as they both fell from the sky into the North Sea. The entire crews of both B-17's were lost.

George was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-680597

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-30872:

Bleyle, George V ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NJ
Denmead, Donald R ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, NJ
Eakman, Floyd W ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, OH
Haynes, Benjamin L, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, GA
Kerrick, Lewis M ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA
Maruso, Stanley J ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MA
Thompson, Lloyd ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, WY
Walker, Alton B ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Wilder, Charles P ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, NC
Wright, Raymond W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, IN

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For the crew of "B-17G #42-31113" see:

Mott, Harold R ~ Capt, Pilot, CO

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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