2Lt Hiram E Battersby

2Lt Hiram E Battersby

Birth
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 Feb 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56766684 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until April 13, 1943.

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Hiram served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24D #41-23980, 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 23, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23980 was 1 of 6 B-24's that took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Solomon Islands on a bombing mission to attack enemy ships in the Shortland Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands & Buin, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea area.

Over Shortland Harbor they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

Hiram was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-728250

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23980:

Barton, Theodore ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Battersby, Hiram E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Beaupre, Elmer J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Boyer, Elbert H ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Eilts, Leo J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Meigs, Hiram W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, AL
Radford, George G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ID
Stearns, William A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Trager, George K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56766684
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Hiram E Battersby (5 Sep 1922–13 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56766684, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .