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Sgt Harry W Werneth

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Sgt Harry W Werneth

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death
30 Apr 1944 (aged 20–21)
France
Burial
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot
B Row 24 Grave 21
Memorial ID
56376283 View Source

Harry served as a Staff Sergeant & Ball Turret Gunner on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 19, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Laundress and also as Single, without dependents.

Harry was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 13045228

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

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

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Below mission info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson

He was serving as the ball turret gunner on a B-17G which took off from Podington, assigned to target Lyon-Bron airfield, France. They were attacked by six fighters on the return which knocked out the oxygen, completely destroyed the electrical system and caused severe damage to the cockpit. The warning system was also knocked out and the pilot went to the rear to advise the crew to bale out when the aircraft exploded. At 1245hrs the wreckage fell at Viglain, 19 miles south-east of Orleans, France. 7 KIA 2 POW 1 evaded

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Harry served as a Staff Sergeant & Ball Turret Gunner on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 19, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Laundress and also as Single, without dependents.

Harry was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 13045228

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

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

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Below mission info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson

He was serving as the ball turret gunner on a B-17G which took off from Podington, assigned to target Lyon-Bron airfield, France. They were attacked by six fighters on the return which knocked out the oxygen, completely destroyed the electrical system and caused severe damage to the cockpit. The warning system was also knocked out and the pilot went to the rear to advise the crew to bale out when the aircraft exploded. At 1245hrs the wreckage fell at Viglain, 19 miles south-east of Orleans, France. 7 KIA 2 POW 1 evaded

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