SSgt Donald Lester Bock

SSgt Donald Lester Bock

Death 10 Aug 1944 (aged 21)
Berat, Berat, Albania
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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Donald served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J #42-64373, 513rd Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Carroll County, Iowa prior to the war.

B-24J #42-64373 took off from San Pancrazio, Italy on a bombing mission over Unirea, Romania. After a successful bombing run B-24J #42-64373 got off course on the way back to their base and flew over a small airfield near Berat, Albania where they were hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Berat during the war.

Donald was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 37474200

Donald also has a "Cenotaph" in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Templeton, Iowa with his parents.
( see family links below )

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-64373:

Bock, Donald L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Cloer, George R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WY
Greene, Walter C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
McConnon, John S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Shaffner, Wayne O ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Wilkins, Russell H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TN

1st Lt. John B. Metcalf (Bombardier), T/Sgt. Charles P. McKeague (Radio Operator), S/Sgt. William F. Trentzsch (Gunner), and S/Sgt. Frederick R. Petitt (Gunner) all survived the crash and became POW's.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )



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  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56362410
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Donald Lester Bock (1 Aug 1923–10 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56362410, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .