SSgt Sidney Thomas Lanier

SSgt Sidney Thomas Lanier

Birth
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 28–29)
France
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
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Memorial ID 56359319 · View Source
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Sidney served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24J (#42-109921), 701st Bomber Squadron, 445th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cameron County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 11, 1941, prior to the war, at Randolph Field, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Sidney was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24J was hit by flak and crashed near Wizernes, France during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 18024236

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Report from another pilot:

Over the target of Wizernes, France, I saw 42-109921 from our group get hit by flak. The tail was shot off and the ship peeled off and spun down. Three chutes were seen.

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Crew of B-24J (#42-109921):

2nd Lt. Howard H. Kelley survived the war and went home.

Henry, Harold G., T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Missouri, MIA
Kelley, Howard H., 2nd Lt, Navigator, POW
Lanier, Sidney T., S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Texas, MIA
Martin, Edward R., Pfc, Right Waist Gunner, Ohio, KIA
McDonough, Denis B., Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, California, KIA
Miller, Robert O., 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, Alabama, KIA
Milliken, Leighton E., S/Sgt, Gunner/Bombardier, Maine, KIA
Pietz, Milton F., S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Missouri, MIA
Rogers, Layne, Jr., 1st Lt, Pilot, Illinois, MIA

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

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Parents: Archie Sidney and Emma (Bassett) Lanier.


Inscription

SSGT 701 BOMB SQ 445 BOMB GP - TEXAS


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  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56359319
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Sidney Thomas Lanier (1915–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56359319, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .