SSgt Victor J Goebel

Hermleigh, Scurry County, Texas, USA
Death 30 Jul 1944 (aged 21)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 15, 1946.

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Son of Mrs. Annie E. Goebel who resided in Texas.

Victor served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-25D #41-30058, 499th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Scurry County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 14, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being a farmer and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25D #41-30058 took off, with a crew of 6, from Mokmer Airfield, Papua Province, Indonesia on a barge sweep mission over the Sorong area, province of West Papua, eastern Indonesia.

They were last seen on this sweep but never returned to base. The entire crew of 6 were lost on this mission during the war.

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

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # 18184126

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30058:

Anuta, Russell E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, CA
Bennett, Frederick E, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Ciaramella, Joseph ~ 2nd Lt, Bmb/Nav, PA
Goebel, Victor J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Grice, John C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN
Hotz, Robert R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: James Durham
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Victor J Goebel (19 Mar 1923–30 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56749106, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by James Durham (contributor 46994633) .