SSgt Kenneth W Runyan

SSgt Kenneth W Runyan

Birth
Death 20 Dec 1943
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Memorial ID 56366364 · View Source
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B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig' was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the ship collided with a Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, and Renner was taken as a POW. According to the Renner family, 'the only reason he survived was due to the fire burning the harness strap that was holding him in the plane and he fell out of the plane and parachuted to the ground, he was unconscious the whole time'. The crew members were~

2nd LT Robert W Brown, ASN O-802714, Pilot, from Lissie TX, KIA
2nd LT Florian E Laramore,Jr, ASN O-448232, CoPilot, from Evanston IL, KIA
2nd LT Jack Larsen, ASN O-685656, Navigator, from Maplewood NJ, KIA
2nd LT Henry C Alexander, ASN O-674715, Bombardier, from Los Angeles CA, KIA
TSGT Cyril F Heath, ASN 12185762, Radio Operator/Left Waist Gunner, from Mew York NY, KIA
TSGT Samuel Schankerman, ASN 15059233, Top Turret Gunner, from South Bend IN, KIA
SSGT Kenneth W Runyan, ASN 35565427, Right Waist Gunner, from Clinton IN, KIA
SGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Nose Turret Gunner, entered service from Beulah ND (his home was in Hamilton MT), KIA
SSGT Eugene A Studer, ASN 37164771, Ball Turret Gunner, from Farmington MN, KIA
SSGT Robert H Renner, Tail Gunner, ASN 37469460, Tail Gunner, from Weeping Water NE, POW

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'

---Note that Sgt Alvin Dschaak was one of four survivors of a previous crash of B-24E #42-7119 while in training.
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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Indiana.

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  • Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56366364
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Kenneth W Runyan (unknown–20 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56366364, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by B24CoPilotNiece (contributor 47391745) .