Col Marshall Bonner

Col Marshall Bonner

Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death 26 Jun 1944 (aged 32)
Floridsdorf, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
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(Citation needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Air Corps) Marshall Bonner (ASN: 0-18967), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, 464th Bombardment Group (Heavy), FIFTEENTH Air Force, during World War II.
General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 464th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 15th Air Force

Marshall Bonner graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1933.

Colonel Bonner was serving as the Group Commander and was lost on a bombing mission over Vienna on 26 June 1944

Col Bonner graduated number 11 in his class at West Point

Colonel Marshall Bonnek was born on July 17, 1911 in Houston, Texas, the son of Thomas Hubbard and Ala Perryman Bonner. He graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston in 1929 and entered the United States Military Academy in the same year. He graduated from the Academy in June 1933, went through flying training at Randolph and Kelly Fields, receiving his wings in October 1934. On June 2, 1942, at the Army War College, he married Kay Fechet, daughter of Major General J. E. Fechet, former chief of the Air Corps. In February 1944 he left for overseas as Commanding Officer of the 464th Heavy Bomb Group, which he had trained at Pocatello, Idaho. On June 26, 1944 he led his group on a raid on the Shell-Florisdorfer Oil Refinery, at Florisdorf, a suburb of Vienna. His plane was hit by flak and he became missing in action. He was finally declared dead by the War Department on November 12, 1945. He was awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart, all posthumously. He is survived by his wife, Kay Fechet Bonner; his mother; and his sister, Margaret Bonner.

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