TSgt Christopher Myles Chism

TSgt Christopher Myles Chism

Birth
Barranquilla, Municipio de Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
Death 23 May 1944 (aged 36)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Section B ~ Row 3 ~ Grave 65
Memorial ID 56371631 · View Source
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Christopher served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24H "Wee Willie" (#42-7583), 704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 13, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Married.

Christopher was "Killed In Action" when his B-24, while on a bombing mission to the airfield at Orleans, France, lost a bomb door and the door stuck the tail of the B-24 which then spun down and crashed at 0942hrs South East of Ptay about 12 miles North East of Orleans, France.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 33327770

Son of Mrs. John E. Davis who resided in Balboa, Canal Zone.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who perished on B-24H "Wee Willie" (#42-7583):

Blackwood, James C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Colorado
Chism, Christopher M ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Pennsylvania
Glanzrock, Murray G ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, New York
Gochnauer, Carl P ~ T/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, Maryland
Hunter, Hugh R ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Illinois
Markus, Joseph R ~ Sgt, Nose Gunner, Illinois
Mosckou, Chris, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Indiana
Popiolek, Henry A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, New Jersey
Shafer, Herbert E ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, Ohio
Turner, Harold W ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, Ohio

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Below flight info submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson:

His aircraft took off from Bungay, England. They were assigned to target an airfield at Orleans, France. One bomb was released prior to reaching the target and more over the target. The bomb doors dropped off, one striking the tail. The aircraft spun down and crashed at 0942hrs SE of Ptay, about 12 miles NE of Orleans. Eight of the crew members are buried in Epinal and two were repatriated. He was serving as the radio operator.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56371631
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Christopher Myles Chism (17 Jan 1908–23 May 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56371631, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .