1Lt. Alan E. Hermance


1Lt. Alan E. Hermance

Penfield, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 26 Jul 1943 (aged 25)
At Sea
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56299710 View Source

Alan served as a First Lieutenant and Pilot on B-17F " Yo' Brother " #42-29709, 326th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided on Harris Road, Webster, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet on July 11, 1941, prior to the war, in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #42-29709 took off, with a crew of 10, on a bombing mission over Rennes, France. Over the target they were hit by flak prior to trying to return to base. They ended up crashing into the sea near Norderney Island with an engine on fire. The entire crew was lost.

Alan was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded an Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-435683

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-29709:

Cates, Velgene V. ~ F/O, Co-Pilot, CA
Corkery, Cornelius V. ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
DeMasters, Earl N. ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Ellenburg, James T. ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, TX
Hermance, Alan E. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Landers, Walter L., Jr. ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, GA
Lauffer, Oliver P. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IL
Semrad, Marion F. ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, WI
Smith, William W. ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, LA
West, Theodore A. ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt. Alan E. Hermance (28 Nov 1917–26 Jul 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56299710, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .