Sgt Ernest L Koch

Sgt Ernest L Koch

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Feb 1943 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
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 January 11, 1946.

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Ernest served as a Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17E #41-9122, 42nd Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on January 1, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17E #41-9122 took off, with a crew of 9 and 8 other B-17's, Henderson Field, Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on a shipping bombing mission over the Shortland Island area, Western Province, Solomon Islands.

After a successfully bombing shipping B-17E #41-9122 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and believed to have crashed into the Shortland Harbor.

Ernest was declared "Missing In Action on this mission during the war.

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

Service # 13080124

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Airmen who perished on B-17E #41-9122:

Carper, Martin L, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Gammans, George H ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, RI
Garvey, Joseph A ~ Pfc, Gunner, MA
Hite, La Verne P ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Houx, Frank L ~ Capt, Pilot, WY
Knight, Leonard S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Koch, Ernest L ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Sweigart, Ernest ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Wayne, Richard K ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MN

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Ernest L Koch (1920–1 Feb 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56767932, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .